Colby Covington put on a dominating performance at UFC Newark. There, he beat Robbie Lawler by decision in which he won every single round on each judge’s scorecards.
Although he made it look easy, it was certainly not. Covington, says he had no training camp for this fight as he had a nasty cut above his eye just a day into camp that meant he couldn’t do any contact work. But, he still dominated the fight, as he threw over 500 strikes and attempted over 20 takedowns. Even though if he won the fight he would get a title shot, he said meeting the Trump family is what inspired him to win.
“Man, that was such an incredible experience,” Covington said of his visit with the first family to BJPENN.com Radio. “I mean truly one of a kind, obviously. No one’s ever gotten the first family to come to a fight, so that was already history as it was. And the first family coming into my locker room — we got to chat for a couple of minutes before I fought — it was incredible, man. I felt the dragon energy from them.”
“I wasn’t going to be stopped that night,” he added. “It doesn’t matter if King Kong was in there, if Godzilla was in there. It didn’t matter if [Lawler] was the scariest guy in the division; [the guy] who scared Tyron Woodley — who had a sore thumb, who pulled out [of his rematch with Lawler]. He scared Woodley into hiding. He scared Ben Askren into hiding. So, we all know how dangerous he is. And to get the First Family to come to the front row, amazing.”
Meanwhile, after the fight, “Chaos” went back and talked to the Trump family. There, President, Donald Trump gave Covington a call which he detailed what he said.
“As soon as I walked out of the cage, the President of the United States calls me. I mean, that’s storybook, man. They need write a book about that s*it. That’s incredible. It’s another history made. I’m the first fighter to ever get the President to call him right after he steps out of the Octagon.”
“He’s like, ‘Hey man you’re a true American champion Colby, and I appreciate what you’re doing, man, you never had anything handed to you, you earned it the hard way, Colby, and I respect that. Much love brother.’ And he’s like ‘I want to shake your hand again in the White House,’ and I was like ‘Oh man that would be so awesome Mr. President, to shake your hand again.’ He’s like ‘just don’t hurt me.’”
“I said, ‘Mr. President I felt your hands when you shook my hand last time, you’ve got big bricks for hands. I would not want you to punch me, you’d knock me out.’ I’m like, ‘I’m happy that you were forgiving on Joe Biden ’cause you would have knocked him out and left him in a pool of his own blood.’”
Ultimately, Colby Covington said the Trump’s plan on being at his next fight as they inspired him to beat Lawler. And, he wants them to see him win the unified belt.
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