Colby Covington

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Colby Covington
Born Colby Covington
(1988-02-22) February 22, 1988 (age 30)
Clovis, California, United States
Other names Chaos
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)[1]
Weight 169 lb (77 kg; 12 st 1 lb)
Division Welterweight
Reach 72 in (183 cm)[2]
Fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Team American Top Team
Wrestling NCAA Division I Wrestling[3]
Years active 2012–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 15
Wins 14
By knockout 2
By submission 5
By decision 7
Losses 1
By submission 1
University Oregon State University
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Colby Covington (/ˈkʌvɪŋtən/ KUV-ing-tən; born February 22, 1988) is an American professional mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where he is currently the reigning interim UFC Welterweight Champion.

Early life[edit]

Covington was born in Clovis, California and moved with his family to Springfield, Oregon at the age of 11. 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. In 2007, Covington was arrested for drunk driving and was suspended from the Iowa wrestling program. Following this, 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.[4][5][3][6][7][7][8]

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) and moved to South Florida to train at American Top Team.[7] He turned professional in 2012, compiling a record of 5–0 before signing with the UFC in the summer of 2014.[9]

Ultimate Fighting Championship (2014–present)[edit]

Covington made his promotional debut against Anying Wang on August 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 48.[9] He won the fight by KO via punches in the closing seconds of the first round.[10]

Covington fought Wagner Silva on November 8, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 56.[11] He won the fight via submission in the third round.[12]

Covington next faced Mike Pyle on May 23, 2015 at UFC 187, replacing an injured Sean Spencer.[13] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[14]

Covington faced Warlley Alves on December 12, 2015 at UFC 194.[15] He lost the fight via submission in the first round.[16][17]

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

Covington next faced promotional newcomer Max Griffin on August 20, 2016 at UFC 202.[21] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.[22]

Covington's next bout was against Bryan Barberena on December 17, 2016 at UFC on Fox 22.[23] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[24]

Covington faced Dong Hyun Kim on June 17, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 111.[25] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[26]

Covington fought Demian Maia on October 28, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 119.[27] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[28]

Covington fought Rafael dos Anjos on June 9, 2018 at UFC 225 for the Interim UFC Welterweight Championship.[29] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[30]

Mixed martial arts fighting style[edit]

Covington's base in MMA is his wrestling. A majority of his victories in the UFC have come when he was able to consistently take his opponents down and control them on the ground.[6] 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, have 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.[31]

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.[32]

Personal life[edit]

Covington 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.[33] 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 couple of wide-released movies before they opened which drew some backlash as well.[34][35] Covington has publicly stated he supports United States 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.[36] Covington is close friends with fellow UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal and also has one sister named Candace.

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.
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 KO (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]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC 187 Johnson vs. Cormier". Retrieved 2015-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Shogun vs. Saint Preux". Retrieved 2014-11-08. 
  3. ^ a b Norm Maves Jr. (2010-03-17). "NCAA wrestling championships: Oregon State's Colby Covington takes long road to Omaha, mostly due to inability to read". Retrieved 2010-03-17. 
  4. ^ "Colby Covington - 2009-10 Wrestling Roster". Retrieved 2016-11-12. 
  5. ^ Eddie Mercado (2016-11-28). "Colby Covington: 'What's Bryan Barberena going to bring to the table that Robbie Lawler doesn't?'". Retrieved 2016-11-28. 
  6. ^ a b "Colby Covington - Official UFC Fighter Profile". Retrieved August 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b c Jesse Scheckner (2014-05-14). "Top MMA Prospect Colby Covington: "I'm Beyond Ready to be in the UFC"". Retrieved 2015-05-14. 
  8. ^ "2011 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships" (PDF). Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b Staff (2014-07-13). "UFC Fight Night 48 in Macau builds with addition of five more fights". Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  10. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2014-08-23). "UFC Fight Night 48 results: Colby Covington pounds out Wang Anying". Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  11. ^ "UFC Fight Night 56 in Brazil has three new additions, including Alves vs. Jouban". 2014-09-23. Retrieved 2014-09-23. 
  12. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2014-11-08). "UFC Fight Night 56 results: Colby Covington dominates, chokes out Wagner Silva". Retrieved 2014-11-08. 
  13. ^ Staff (2015-05-02). "Colby Covington replaces Sean Spencer, meets Mike Pyle at UFC 187". Retrieved 2015-05-02. 
  14. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-05-23). "UFC 187 results: Colby Covington survives Mike Pyle's late rally to take decision". Retrieved 2015-05-23. 
  15. ^ Staff (2015-08-19). "Warlley Alves vs. Colby Covington booked for UFC 194". Retrieved 2015-08-19. 
  16. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-12-12). "UFC 194 results: Warlley Alves blasts through Colby Covington with first-round choke". Retrieved 2015-12-12. 
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  18. ^ Staff (2016-03-29). "Multiple fight bookings made official for UFC Fight Night 89". Retrieved 2016-03-29. 
  19. ^ Marc Raimondi (2016-06-10). "Prospect Jonathan Meunier to replace Alex Garcia vs. Colby Covington at UFC Ottawa". Retrieved 2016-06-10. 
  20. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2016-06-18). "UFC Fight Night 89 results: Colby Covington finishes Jonathan Meunier with rear-naked choke". Retrieved 2016-06-18. 
  21. ^ Staff (2016-07-21). "Max Griffin signs with UFC, slated to meet Colby Covington at UFC 202". Retrieved 2016-07-21. 
  22. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-08-20). "UFC 202 results: Colby Covington punishes Max Griffin on ground for third-round TKO". Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  23. ^ Staff (2016-10-17). "Bryan Barberena and Colby Covington set to meet at December's UFC on FOX 22". Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  24. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-12-17). "UFC on FOX 22 results: Colby Covington smothers Bryan Barberena to take decision win". Retrieved 2016-12-17. 
  25. ^ Dann Stupp (2017-04-06). "'Stun Gun' vs. Colby Covington added to UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore". Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  26. ^ "UFC Fight Night 111 results: Colby Covington shuts out Dong Hyun Kim, calls for title shot". MMAjunkie. 2017-06-17. Retrieved 2017-06-17. 
  27. ^ Guilherme Cruz (2017-08-22). "Demian Maia vs. Colby Covington added to UFC Fight Night 119 in Sao Paulo". Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  28. ^ "UFC Sao Paulo results: Colby Covington prevails against bloodied, exhausted Demian Maia". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2017-10-29. 
  29. ^ "Rafael dos Anjos vs. Colby Covington interim title fight set for UFC 225 in Chicago – not Rio". MMAjunkie. 2018-04-06. Retrieved 2018-04-07. 
  30. ^ "UFC 225 results: Brace yourself world, Colby Covington is a UFC champion". MMAjunkie. 2018-06-10. Retrieved 2018-06-10. 
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  33. ^ Melanie Dinjask (2017-08-29). "UFC fighter Colby Covington causes outrage after comments calling Brazil 'a dump' and Sao Paulo crowd 'filthy animals this is racist and in turn makes him a filthy animal '". Retrieved 2017-08-30. 
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Preceded by
Carlos Condit
3rd UFC Interim Welterweight Champion
9 June 2018 – Present