Colby Covington

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Colby Covington
BornColby Covington
(1988-02-22) February 22, 1988 (age 31)
Clovis, California, United States
NationalityAmerican
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Weight169 lb (77 kg; 12 st 1 lb)
DivisionWelterweight
Reach72 in (183 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofFort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
TeamAmerican Top Team
WrestlingNCAA Division I Wrestling[3]
Years active2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total15
Wins14
By knockout2
By submission5
By decision7
Losses1
By submission1
UniversityOregon State University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Colby Covington (/ˈkʌvɪŋtən/ KUV-ing-tən; born February 22, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist and is a former UFC interim welterweight champion of the world and currently fights as a welterweight for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As of March 4, 2019, he is #2 in the official UFC welterweight rankings.[4]

Early life[edit]

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.[5][6][3][7][8][8][9]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[8] He turned professional in 2012, compiling a record of 5–0 before signing with the UFC in the summer of 2014.[10]

Ultimate Fighting Championship (2014–present)[edit]

Covington made his promotional debut against Anying Wang on August 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 48.[10] He won the fight by TKO via punches in the closing seconds of the first round.[11]

Covington fought Wagner Silva on November 8, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 56.[12] He won the fight via submission in the third round.[13]

Covington next faced Mike Pyle on May 23, 2015 at UFC 187, replacing an injured Sean Spencer.[14] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[15]

Covington faced Warlley Alves on December 12, 2015 at UFC 194.[16] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.[17][18]

Covington was expected to compete against Alex Garcia on June 18, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 89.[19] However, Garcia was pulled from the fight on June 10 for undisclosed reasons and replaced by promotional newcomer Jonathan Meunier.[20] Covington won the fight via submission in the third round.[21]

Covington next faced promotional newcomer Max Griffin on August 20, 2016 at UFC 202.[22] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.[23]

Covington's next bout was against Bryan Barberena on December 17, 2016 at UFC on Fox 22.[24] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[25]

Covington faced Dong Hyun Kim on June 17, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 111.[26] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[27]

Covington fought Demian Maia on October 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 119.[28] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[29]

Covington fought Rafael dos Anjos on June 9, 2018 at UFC 225 for the Interim UFC Welterweight Championship.[30] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[31]

Covington was briefly linked to a title unification bout with the then champion Tyron Woodley on September 8, 2018 at UFC 228.[32] 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.[33][34]

Mixed martial arts fighting style[edit]

Covington's base in MMA is his wrestling. Most of his victories in the UFC have come when he was able to consistently take his opponents down and control them on the ground.[7] He is also known for pushing the pace of a fight, relying heavily on his cardio to put constant pressure on his opponents.

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Impact Wrestling (2017)[edit]

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.[35]

WrestlePro (2018)[edit]

In February 2018, Covington appeared at a WrestlePro event and defeated TyQuil Woodley, a parody character of Tyron Woodley, in a match.[36]

Public image[edit]

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.[37]

Covington has also perturbed people with his use of social media where he would commonly insult fans, media members and other UFC fighters. He also posted spoilers for a number of wide-released movies before they opened which drew some backlash as well.[38][39]

Covington 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,[40] which he did on August 2, 2018.[41]

Covington also called Ali Abelaziz a terrorist and said "Usman could get deported to Nigeria".[42]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Amateur wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 (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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Achievements
Preceded by
Carlos Condit
3rd UFC Interim Welterweight Champion
June 9, 2018 – September 8, 2018
Stripped
Vacant