‘I Already Took Their Souls’

may have vaulted himself to a welterweight title shot
with back-to-back dominant victories over Rafael dos
and Demian Maia,
but the man he is looking to leapfrog, Colby
, is not impressed. Usman’s five-round wipeout of dos
Anjos at “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 28 finale last month
prompted Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana
White to suggest he may get a title shot at Tyron
instead of giving it to Covington, the former interim
champion who appeared to be the presumptive next title

Covington was a guest on MMA Junkie Radio, where he claimed
he had not watched Usman’s latest victory or heard what White said
about the No. 1 contender spot, preferring to just focus on
improving himself in and out of the cage.

“I don’t pay attention too much to that kind of stuff,” Covington
said. “I just focus on what I can control. I focus on my training,
I focus on my belief and just everything. Improving every day as a
martial artist, as a person and just learning from everything. I
don’t really take too much credit into that. People were saying
Dana said some comments. I didn’t even hear his comments. I don’t
pay attention; I didn’t know there was even a fight show on Friday
night. I got better sh*t to do. I’m the cardio king. I’m out with
all my chicks.

“Dana White’s a smart man,” Covington added. “He’s a businessman.
The numbers don’t lie. Any way you want to do it, I’m what’s best
for business. Hate me or love me, I am what’s best for business. I
don’t pay attention to any negative. I only focus on the

“Chaos” did have words for Usman, claiming his last two victories
over dos Anjos and Demian Maia
were against men Covington had already beaten and, according to
Covington, two guys who were a shadow of themselves as a result.
Covington also did not pass up a chance to take a swipe at what he
perceives to be a boring fight style on the part of the surging

“’Snooze-man,’ his last two fights, he hasn’t beaten anybody coming
off wins,” Covington said. “Don’t you think he should have to earn
a fight against someone coming off a win? He just fought two guys
that I’d already took their souls. Those guys were shells of their
former selves, because I took those guys’ souls.

“So, Usman needs to go out there and prove himself and beat someone
coming off a win,” Covington concluded. “And then we can talk, you
know? Besides that, the guy’s just copying everything I do. He
literally wants to be me. He’s begging to be me.”

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