|Born||Colby Ray Covington|
February 22, 1988
Clovis, California, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||169 lb (77 kg; 12 st 1 lb)|
|Reach||72 in (183 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Miami, Florida, U.S.|
|Wrestling||NCAA Division I Wrestling|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|University||Oregon State University|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Colby Ray Covington (born February 22, 1988) is an American professional mixed martial artist who currently competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he is a former Interim UFC Welterweight Champion. As of June of 2021, he is #1 in the UFC welterweight rankings.
Covington was born in Clovis, California on February 22, 1988. His parents are Noelle and Brad Covington, and he has two sisters named Candace and Callie. The family moved from California to Oregon when he was eight years old. His father was a wrestler during his time at the Oregon Institute of Technology and Southern Oregon University.
As a wrestler at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, Covington lettered all four years and won the 171 lb state championship as a senior. He committed to Arizona State University but his test scores were not up to par, so he went to Iowa Central Community College, where he won the 165 lb national junior college wrestling title as a true freshman with a 34–0 record. His roommate at the time was future UFC champion Jon Jones.
Following his championship season at Iowa Central, Covington transferred to the wrestling program at the University of Iowa. On August 10, 2007, he was arrested for eluding police and driving under the influence, having registered a BAC of 0.255, over three times the legal limit of 0.08. He later said, "That was a real all-time low in my life, something I really wish I could take back." Due to his arrest, Covington was suspended from the Hawkeyes for a year and saw limited time the next season. He looked for a fresh start, and former Hawkeyes coach Jim Zalesky convinced Covington to transfer to Oregon State University.
During his time at OSU, Covington qualified for the NCAA tournament as a junior and as a senior, placing fifth as a senior and earning All-American honors. He also was a two-time Pac-10 Conference champion at 174-pounds. He was cited for fourth-degree assault stemming from an incident on May 23, 2010, in which he was accused of punching two men after a verbal altercation. The Benton County District Attorney's Office did not pursue charges against Covington over the incident.
Covington graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 2011.
Mixed martial arts career
He compiled 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.
Covington returned to face Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC on ESPN 5 on August 3, 2019. He won the fight via a lopsided unanimous decision, setting a record for the most strikes thrown in a UFC bout, with 541 strikes.
Covington faced Kamaru Usman for the UFC Welterweight Championship on December 14, 2019 at UFC 245. Covington sustained a left mandibular fracture as a result of a strike by Usman in the third round and was knocked down twice in the fifth round. The second knockdown was followed by a barrage of strikes by Usman with Covington covering up on the ground and subsequent stoppage by referee Marc Goddard resulting in technical knockout win for Usman. This fight earned him his first post-fight bonus in the UFC for Fight of the Night. Going into the final round, one judge had Covington winning 39–37, another had it tied at 38–38, and the other had it 39–37 in favor of Usman.
After a long-lasting, public feud and trash talking between Covington and other American Top Team members – most notably Dustin Poirier, Jorge Masvidal and Joanna Jędrzejczyk – Covington eventually parted ways with his first mixed martial arts gym in May 2020.
Covington headlined UFC on ESPN+ 36 against his long-time rival Tyron Woodley on September 19, 2020. After dominating his opponent for four rounds, the bout was called as a technical knockout when Woodley suffered a rib injury.
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.
Covington is an outspoken supporter of the Republican Party and former 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. Trump phoned to congratulate Covington during his post-fight interview following his win over Tyron Woodley. Covington dedicated his win over Woodley to first responders and the military and criticized Black Lives Matter and LeBron James. Woodley had spoken about his support for the Black Lives Matter movement leading up to the fight.
He has described himself as the "super villain" of the UFC and will often try to upset people with brazen trash talking. Following his 2017 bout with Demian Maia at São Paulo, Brazil, he called the country a "dump" and referred to the Brazilian crowd as "filthy animals" in the post-fight interview. In an interview with Candace Owens, Covington said that his "act" was a response to the UFC threatening to cut him before the Maia fight and stated the "Filthy Animals" speech "saved his career." 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 professional wrestler Kurt Angle—which is regularly punctuated with crowd chants of "You suck!"—as his entrance music; Angle had given Covington permission to use the theme. 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.
After his win over Lawler, Covington stated; "Let’s talk about the lesson we learned tonight that Robbie should have learned from his good buddy Matt Hughes. You stay off the tracks when the train is coming through, junior, doesn’t matter if it’s the Trump train or the Colby train, get out the way!" during his post-fight interview. This was in reference to a near-fatal accident Hughes suffered in 2017, where he was permanently damaged when his truck was struck by a train at a rail crossing. Despite being criticized by the media, Covington refused to apologize, explaining that "the guy’s done some pretty crappy stuff, he’s got lawsuits against his family, against his brother, I just said the truth, I’m honest. I’m a little bit brutally honest sometimes and people can’t handle it."
Covington continued his trash-talking in the lead up to the Kamaru Usman fight at UFC 245. During a press conference, he said that Usman gave Glenn Robinson, Usman's long-time coach who died in 2018, "a heart attack from all those years you were ducking me," and that Robinson would be "watching from hell on Dec. 14."
In March 2021, Covington created controversy when he used crude language to claim that he had a sexual relationship with fellow UFC fighter Polyana Viana and that this was part of the reason why he turned down a fight with Leon Edwards at UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs. Muhammad. Viana herself had earlier claimed that she and Colby were "just friends" and that she already had a boyfriend when addressing rumors that the two of them were in a relationship. After Covington's comments, Viana gave the following statement through her social media: "I have never given room for any kind of comment or judgment about my personal life, but it is not for me to judge the person’s attitude. I feel sorry for those who act so low to try to promote themselves. It is revolting."
Championships and accomplishments
- National Collegiate Athletic Association
- National Junior College Athletic Association
- Oregon State Activities Association
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|18 matches||16 wins||2 losses|
|Win||16–2||Tyron Woodley||TKO (rib injury)||UFC Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley||September 19, 2020||5||1:19||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||15–2||Kamaru Usman||TKO (punches)||UFC 245||December 14, 2019||5||4:10||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||For the UFC Welterweight Championship. Fight of the Night.|
|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||Wang Anying||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||TKO (submission to knee injury)||Midtown Throwdown 3||February 11, 2012||1||1:21||Eugene, Oregon, United States||Welterweight debut.|
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