Devil’s Advocate: Why Colby Covington Should Be Your Favorite MMA Fighter

Colby Covington
NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 03: Colby Covington is interviewed after his victory over Robbie Lawler in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Prudential Center on August 3, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

I sat alone in my “man-cave” Saturday night, with a cold drink and a sizzling steak in my big comfy-chair, ready for what was a pay-per-view level card on ESPN+. I watched the press conferences, heard the interviews, I could feel the tension in the air for the main event of the evening. Colby Covington hadn’t fought since losing his interim welterweight championship to Kamaru Usman, the undisputed champion. Tryon Woodley hadn’t fought since a dis-spirited loss to #1 contender Gilbert Burns. What would’ve been the money matchup three years ago was finally coming together on ESPN’s premium streaming service. As late as it is, this matchup had stakes to it in the welterweight title picture.

No disrespect to “Cowboy” Cerrone and Niko Price, but all eyes were on the last fight of the evening. Would Covington suffocate Woodley, or would The Chosen One finally unleash his hands?

As a new writer, my views aren’t exactly out for the world to see yet. However, I do not want to use this platform to push any sort of agenda, in the MMA world or the political world. These following are simply observations and opinions.

Why Colby Covington Should Be Your Favorite MMA Fighter

I am not a fan of loudmouth MMA. I understand it makes money fights, adds an extra layer to budding and established rivalries, but I’m much more into settling problems in the octagon. Conor McGregor, for example, has all my respect as a fighter, I don’t love the promotional tactics. Colby Covington is the epitome of loudmouth MMA. The former teammate of Woodley has taken off in his career in recent years largely thanks to his vehement support of Donald Trump, and the sheer volume of his attacks on his opponent and liberals.

In his press conference, Tyron Woodley answered every question with a version of “Black Lives Matter”. He is everything Covington despises on a personal level. He is a quiet, strong individual who has a championship pedigree. That’s the kind of fighter I love.

All before Saturday night, after finishing my lovely steak and gearing up for what should be an amazing main event, I couldn’t wait to hopefully see Woodley finally shut Covington up, like Usman did.

What I witnessed was the continued downward spiral of Woodley’s career, and the pure domination of a gameplan from Covington. Every moment of the fight was calculated and had purpose. In between rounds, Covington head coach Cesar Carneiro impressed me with incredible adjustment guidance. Carneiro said exactly what the announcers (shoutout Jon Anik!) and I were thinking, and kept Covington cool and collected along a weathering fight. Like Colby or not, no one can disagree that he went out Saturday night and perfectly executed his plan, and backed up every word he spoke against Tyron Woodley.

Now, the point here is the level of open-mindedness and respect that I tried to have after the fight. I’ll be honest, I was pissed Woodley got destroyed like that, especially by Covington. However, many fighters over the years have gained my respect, win or loss, by how they handle the fight afterwards.

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