#2 Ranked Colby Covington has become the most polarizing fighter in the UFC today, he’s constantly in the media for trashing his fellow fighters and now he’s back on the front page as another UFC Heavyweight contender wants to put hands on him. Colby recently trashed Derrick “The Black Beast” Lewis on the UFC’s twitter account as the UFC were trying to promote his most recent fight:
Derrick Lewis joined the MMA Hour this past Monday where he finally responded to Colby’s comment.
“While we’re on the mic, fuck Colby, whatever his name is. Fuck you, motherfucker. Just so you hear that. Go ahead and put that out. I heard he was talking shit. He’s one of those boys that wears Polo shirts and as soon as you touch him, he’s going to call the cops on you. One of them preppy motherfuckers. I don’t know where it was on, I just heard he was talking shit.”
Colby Covington (CUH-ving-tun; born February 22, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is currently ranked #3 in the official UFC welterweight rankings. Covington was born in Rocklin, California, and moved with his family to Springfield, Oregon at the age of 11. Covington wrestled at Thurston High School, lettering all four years and winning the state championship as a senior. After winning the 2006 state championship at 171 pounds he committed to Arizona State. He didn’t have good enough test scores to make it in Tempe, however, so he went on to attend Iowa Central Community College, where he went 34-0 as a freshman and won an NJCAA wrestling championship. His roommate at the time was future two-time UFC light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones.
Following his success at a junior college, Colby went on to attend The University of Iowa, where lettered one year as a redshirt sophomore at 165 pounds. After the DUI arrest, Covington was suspended from the Iowa program. He redshirted his sophomore year, then saw limited action in 2008-09, going 9-2 at 165 pounds. His Hawkeye career never got started. After brief stint at Iowa, Covington returned to his native Oregon and enrolled at Oregon State University. Covington was highly decorated as a Beaver, becoming an All-American, two-time Pac-10 champion, and finishing 5th at the 2011 NCAA tournament. After a brief stint in the Oregon amateur MMA circuit, Covington moved to South Florida to train at American Top Team. He turned professional in 2012, compiling a record of 5-0 before signing with the UFC in the summer of 2014.
National Collegiate Athletic Association
NCAA Division I All-American (2011)
NCAA Division I 174 lb – 5th place out of Oregon State University (2011)
Pac-10 Conference 174 lb Championship out of Oregon State University (2010, 2011)
National Junior College Athletic Association
NJCAA All-American out of Iowa Central Community College (2007)
NJCAA 165 lb – Junior Collegiate Championship out of Iowa Central Community College (2007)
Covington made his promotional debut against Anying Wang on August 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 48. He won the fight by submission due to strikes in the closing seconds of the first round. Covington next faced promotional newcomer Max Griffin on August 20, 2016 at UFC 202. He won the fight via TKO in the third round. Covington next faced Bryan Barberena on December 17, 2016 at UFC on Fox 22. He won the fight by unanimous decision. Covington faced Dong Hyun Kim on June 17, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 111. He won the fight by unanimous decision.