#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 he just found out that his former sparring partner and teammate Tyron Woodley turned down another fight with him, so Colby now has his sights set on Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.
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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.
Lets go back and look at the history of Mixed Martial Arts and how it all began. Art Davie proposed to John Milius and Rorion Gracie an eight-man single-elimination tournament called “War of the Worlds”. The tournament was inspired by the Gracies in Action video-series produced by the Gracie family of Brazil which featured Gracie jiu-jitsu students defeating martial-arts masters of various disciplines such as karate, kung fu, and kickboxing. The tournament would also feature martial artists from different disciplines facing each other in no-holds-barred combat to determine the best martial art and would aim to replicate the excitement of the matches Davie saw on the videos. Milius, a noted film director and screenwriter, as well as a Gracie student, agreed to act as the event’s creative director. Davie drafted the business plan and twenty-eight investors contributed the initial capital to start WOW Promotions with the intent to develop the tournament into a television franchise.