Covington declares he's fighting for the 'real belt'


The mouth that roared once again backed it up in the cage, taking a unanimous decision victory over Rafael dos Anjos in Chicago.

If there was a polar opposite to Waterson in the UFC, it's interim welterweight title contender Colby Covington, who has built a reputation on finding a way to get under the skin of just about every athlete on the roster while simultaneously staking his claim as one of the best fighters in his division.

Speaking to MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani, he said: 'If the Irish boy wants to try for his third belt, I will be there.

Although Covington was the aggressor, dos Anjos was landing the cleaner shots, including several to the body.

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Conor McGregor has revealed he was due to fight at UFC 224 in May, before "something came up".

The second meeting that was supposed to take place with the rivals was further cancelled, with McGregor writing, "Something came up", which was a reference to his aggressive appearance he showed at the media event for UFC 223 back in April 5th at Brooklyn.

The pair were famously set to face off for the lightweight title at UFC 196 before RDA broke his foot a month out and Nate Diaz stepped in to upset the Irishman. When he was told that he would fight me, he said, 'Dos Anjos, just in December - only December'.

This is the first time an official source had confirmed about this proposed fight and it was popularly assumed that Conor was to fight the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov next. I am looking for a 4th round TKO for Rafael Dos Anjos hopefully stopping the BS propelled hype train that is Colby Covington. Covington entered the night after on a five fight win streak defeating Damian Maia at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida.

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Covington's most recent performance - a three-round decision over Demian Maia - was arguably one of his ugliest in the UFC.

"It's kind of frustrating because I beat the former champ, and I was hoping to fight (Woodley)", dos Anjos said. "I'm a very competitive guy, and once I step inside the Octagon, I'm a cold-blooded fighter; I don't bring any emotions with me".

"I think people do whatever they choose to promote themselves and he chose that way, talking about somebody else's country to promote his fight and promote himself", he added in regards to Covington's various comments.

"I have to win for me - for my family and for myself".

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