Colby Covington (// KUV-ing-tən; born February 22, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist. He is a former Interim UFC Welterweight Champion. As of March 4, 2019, he is #2 in the UFC welterweight rankings.
February 22, 1988
Clovis, California, United States
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Team||American Top Team|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Oregon State University|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
- 1 Early life
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Professional wrestling career
- 4 Public image and criticisms
- 5 Championships and accomplishments
- 6 Mixed martial arts record
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Covington was born in Clovis, California. Covington wrestled at Thurston High School in Oregon, lettering all four years and winning the 171 lb state championship as a senior. Covington went to Iowa Central Community College where he won the 165 lb national junior college wrestling title as a true freshman. His roommate, at the time, was future UFC champion Jon Jones. He returned to Oregon and enrolled at Oregon State University where he became a collegiate wrestling All-American and two-time Pac-10 Conference champion. He graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology in 2011.
Mixed martial arts career
In 2011, American Top Team owner Dan Lambert was looking to boost his gym's wrestling training and Covington was one of a few people Lambert recruited to help do so. Shortly after, Covington began pursuing a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career and moved to South Florida to train at American Top Team. He turned professional in 2012, compiling a record of 5–0 before signing with the UFC in the summer of 2014.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (2014–present)
Covington was expected to compete against Alex Garcia on June 18, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 89. However, Garcia was pulled from the fight on June 10 for undisclosed reasons and replaced by promotional newcomer Jonathan Meunier. Covington won the fight via submission in the third round.
Covington was briefly linked to a title unification bout with the then champion Tyron Woodley on September 8, 2018 at UFC 228. However, Covington was unable to compete on that date due to recent nasal surgery. As a result, UFC officials turned their attention to arranging a bout between Woodley and Darren Till to fill the headlining spot. In turn, promotional officials indicated on July 24 that Covington would be stripped of the Interim UFC Welterweight Championship, once the bout between Woodley and Till took place.
Professional wrestling career
Impact Wrestling (2017)
Covington, along with other American Top Team members, made multiple appearances in Impact Wrestling, where they aligned themselves with Lashley and King Mo. In 2017, they defeated the team of Moose and Stephan Bonnar at Bound for Glory. In the buildup to the event, he hired Stevie Richards to be his strength and conditioning coach.
Public image and criticisms
Covington is a Republican and has publicly stated he supports U.S. President Donald Trump. After winning the Interim UFC Welterweight Championship, he stated he wanted to visit Trump at the White House to present him with the title, which he did on August 2, 2018.
He has described himself as the "super villain" of the UFC and will often try to upset people with brazen trash talking. Following his bout with Demian Maia, he called Brazil a "dump" and referred to the Brazilian crowd as "filthy animals" in the post-fight interview.
Covington further embraced his villain status before his 2019 main event encounter with Robbie Lawler at UFC on ESPN 5. He used the WWE entrance theme of Kurt Angle—which, throughout Angle's career as both a wrestler and authority figure, has been regularly punctuated with crowd chants of "You suck!"—as his entrance music. With two of Trump's sons, Donald Jr. and Eric cageside for the fight, the crowd performed the "You suck!" chants during Covington's entrance.
Championships and accomplishments
- FILA 77 kg No-Gi Grappling World Championship (2013)
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- National Junior College Athletic Association
- Oregon State Activities Association
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|16 matches||15 wins||1 loss|
|Win||15–1||Robbie Lawler||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler||August 3, 2019||5||5:00||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||14–1||Rafael dos Anjos||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 225||June 9, 2018||5||5:00||Chicago, Illinois, United States||Won the interim UFC Welterweight Championship. Later stripped of the title.|
|Win||13–1||Demian Maia||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida||October 28, 2017||3||5:00||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||12–1||Dong Hyun Kim||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Holm vs. Correia||June 17, 2017||3||5:00||Kallang, Singapore|
|Win||11–1||Bryan Barberena||Decision (unanimous)||UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson||December 17, 2016||3||5:00||Sacramento, California, United States|
|Win||10–1||Max Griffin||TKO (punches)||UFC 202||August 20, 2016||3||2:18||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||9–1||Jonathan Meunier||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson||June 18, 2016||3||0:54||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
|Loss||8–1||Warlley Alves||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC 194||December 12, 2015||1||1:26||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||8–0||Mike Pyle||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 187||May 23, 2015||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||7–0||Wagner Silva||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Saint Preux||November 8, 2014||3||3:26||Uberlândia, Brazil|
|Win||6–0||Anying Wang||TKO (submission to punches)||UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le||August 23, 2014||1||4:50||Macau, SAR, China|
|Win||5–0||Jay Ellis||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||AFC 21: The Return||May 16, 2014||1||2:49||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||4–0||Jose Caceres||Decision (unanimous)||CFA 12: Sampo vs. Thao||October 12, 2013||3||5:00||Coral Gables, Florida, United States|
|Win||3–0||Jason Jackson||Decision (unanimous)||Fight Time 10: It's Personal||June 22, 2012||3||5:00||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||2–0||David Hayes||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||Fight Time 9: MMA Explosion||April 27, 2012||2||1:42||Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States|
|Win||1–0||Chris Ensley||Submission (injury)||Midtown Throwdown 3||February 11, 2012||1||1:21||Eugene, Oregon, United States|
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