Colby Covington blames loss to Kamaru Usman on BREXIT and anti-Trump ref Marc Goddard ahead of UFC 268 grudge match
COLBY COVINGTON has blamed his defeat to Kamaru Usman on ‘anti-Brexit’ referee Marc Goodard.
Hours after the legendary 170lb battle, Covington took aim at Usman for deceiving Goddard by feigning a groin strike and an eye injury.
Goddard’s stoppage of the fight also engaged Covington, who has claimed the Brit was against him from the outset as he’s a vocal Donald Trump supporter.
During an appearance on The Charlie Kirk Show, he said: “The ref called multiple fake fouls that aren’t even there.
“I kicked the guy in the liver, and he was about to quit, he put his stomach down like was gonna quit.
“Ref stops it, ‘Oh nut shot.’ They show it on the replay, clearly hit him right in the liver, wasn’t even close”
“Then I come to find out the guy’s anti-Brexit, he’s from the UK, he hates Trump, he hates anyone who stands for Trump, he hates Republicans.
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“So, of course, he’s gonna stack the deck against me, and not put an even playing field out there for me.
“He doesn’t want me to win, he doesn’t want me to have that spotlight.”
Covington will renew his rivalry with Usman this weekend in the main event of UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden.
And the former interim champ has claimed the pair’s rematch only came to fruition after the UFC threatened to strip the Nigerian Nightmare of his title.
He told ESPN: “It’s been such a journey. It’s been tough. It wasn’t supposed to happen.
“They did not want it to happen. His manager, they were refusing.Colby Covington suffered a fifth-round TKO defeat to Kamaru Usman at UFC 245 in December 2019[/caption] And Chaos has blamed the defeat on ‘anti-brexit’ ref Marc Goddard[/caption] Covington and Usman will renew their rivalry early on Sunday morning at UFC 268 in New York[/caption]
“They were trying to find every way in the book out of fighting this rematch.
“They didn’t want this fight and the only reason they have to take it is the UFC gave them no choice.
“They said, ‘Hey, you fight this fight or we strip you. It’s one or the other.’
“‘You’ve got to come out and prove you’re the best in the world. There needs to be no controversy surrounding this fight.’ So it’s been tough.”
Covington is confident of having his hand raised second time around and is happy to jump straight into a trilogy fight with Africa’s first UFC champion.
But the former American Top Team star doesn’t forsee Usman agreeing to a series decider.
He told Yahoo Sports: “I’m not going to be a coward. I’m going to give the people what they want.
“If they want this trilogy, I’ll do it right away.
“The thing is, after I finish him next weekend, he’s not going to want to come back. It’s going to be a life-changing defeat.
“He’s not going to want to come back for the trilogy, he’s probably going to retire.”
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