Colby Covington claimed that his support of former President Donald Trump led the judges to award the UFC 296 welterweight bout decision to Leon Edwards last weekend.
All three judges in attendance scored the fight the same way – a 49:46 decision in favor of Edwards – along with all 23 media members scoring the fight at home via MMADecisions.com in favor of the champion.
„I thought I won,“ Covington said during an appearance on Fox News‘ Jesse Watters Primetime. „I thought I did enough, but the judges never gave me the nod. They hate me because I support Trump. Everyone in this building hates Trump. It is what it is, life goes on.“
Trump was in attendance at the fight, and Covington vowed that his „greatest idol“ would present him with the championship belt and not UFC CEO Dana White, who happens to be friends with 45.
„I think they’re stacking the deck against us because they don’t want us, the people, to have control of this country again,“ Covington told Watters. „And that’s what Trump stands for. He stands for democracy. He stands for freedom. So they’re going to do everything in their power to keep us down. Whether it’s a referee’s position in a fight or any other sporting event, they’re going to stack the deck against us. It’s a sad time in our country. But we need to rise up and not be discouraged by it.“
However, in an ESPN profile, Covington admitted that his racially motivated, right-wing attitude was nothing more than a persona that began in 2017 when the UFC allegedly threatened to cut him because he wasn’t exciting enough.
Since winning his interim UFC welterweight title in June 2018, the 35-year-old has gone 3-3 in fights, with all three losses occurring in welterweight title fights – two against Kamaru Usman and one against Edwards.
„I want a rematch,“ Covington said. „I deserve it, you know. I think I broke my foot in the first 30 seconds of the fight when I kicked his elbow, so I want a rematch with this guy. I’m going to come back stronger. I’m just like the American people, you know, we never give up.“