- Colby Covington blames his loss at UFC 296 on biased judges, accusing them of scoring against him due to his support for Trump.
- Covington now claims he broke his foot in the first 30 seconds of the fight against Leon Edwards, which affected his performance.
- This defeat marks Covington’s third failed attempt to win the UFC belt, with a record of 2-3 in his last five fights.
Colby Covington initially attributed his lackluster performance against Leon Edwards at UFC 296 to ring rust, given his nearly two-year absence from the octagon. Furthermore, he placed blame on the three judges for his unanimous decision defeat, accusing them of biased scoring due to his support for Donald Trump.
At the UFC 296 post-fight press conference, Covington expressed his frustration, stating, “I thought I had the win. I thought I did enough, but the judges never favor me; they hate me because I support Trump, and everybody hates Trump in this building, so it is what it is, life goes on.”
The controversial UFC star has now introduced a new excuse for his loss at UFC 296.
UFC 296: Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington Payouts
UFC 296 was the last event of the year for the MMA organisation and some payouts have been reported.
During an appearance on the PBD podcast, Colby Covington revealed that he believes he broke his foot within the first 30 seconds of his fight against Leon Edwards at UFC 296. Covington asserted that the injury occurred when Edwards’ elbow blocked the first kick he threw, causing immediate swelling. Despite recognizing the severity of the injury, Covington chose not to disclose it to his coaches during the fight, fearing that the information might be picked up by the broadcast and reach Edwards.
Covington shared details about the incident, stating, “I broke my foot in like the first 30 seconds of the fight, that people don’t know about yet – the X-rays will start coming out. The first minute of the fight. I have the picture on my phone, the exact moment where it landed on his elbow. You feel it swelling up. At the end of the first round, you’re like, man, that hurts. Usually I sit on the stool, and I didn’t want to sit down on the stool. Landed right on the right elbow, the top of the foot.”
Throughout the fight, Covington adopted a defensive stance, not engaging much with Edwards and staying near the cage. Edwards landed a series of leg kicks that caused significant bruising on Covington’s thigh and slowed down the former All-American wrestler. Covington believes the foot injury impacted his performance more than anything Edwards threw in the five-round bout.
“I wasn’t really able to step on it, so that’s why he was landing a couple of kicks on my right thigh,” Covington explained. “Because my left foot was broken, so I was kind of putting all my weight on my right thigh. That’s terrible. Towards the end of the fight, I was like just deal with the pain and start lifting up your right leg and start checking some of these kicks. He didn’t start kicking after the fourth round, because he was feeling that I was catching his timing with the kicks, and he didn’t want to break his leg on my knee.”
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Colby Covington Is 0-3 In World Title Fights
‘Chaos’ Has Had Three Opportunities To Become World Champion
Colby Covington’s defeat to Leon Edwards marks his third unsuccessful attempt to clinch the undisputed UFC belt. Following the loss, he asserted that he deserved the victory, echoing the narrative he had previously pushed in his losses to former champion Kamaru Usman. However, UFC CEO Dana White offered a contrasting view, stating that Covington appeared “slow and old” in a fight where Edwards secured four out of five rounds on the scorecards.
With this recent loss, Covington’s record in his past five UFC fights stands at 2-3. He stated in his post-fight interview that he would like to fight Stephen Thompson next.