Colby Covington: Lots of Talk, No Walk?
Colby Covington made headlines this morning after a clip of him saying he would kill Jon Anik began to circulate around social media. The threat came as a product of having Belal on The Anik and Florian Podcast, and while briefly responding to the comments Belal made on the show, spent a considerable more amount of time directing his energy to the UFC’s Lead Play-By-Play saying:
“…Jon Anik, dude, I don’t want your kids to grow up without a dad. Just realize you live in Boca [Raton, FL] and I live in Miami, motherf****r. You’re not too far from me so you better shut your fucking mouth. You poked the bear, now you get the bear comes after you.”
In typical Covington fashion, doesn’t really stick the landing on the trash talk. But verbal performance aside, it’s insane that he’s threatening Jon Anik of all people. MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck wisely re-directed the conversation back to UFC 286. But I would’ve been curious to see what Colby would have done if pressed on his comments.
Whether or not you’re a fan of Covington, or your stance on whether he deserves another crack at the belt, I think we can unanimously agree there is no justifiable reason to take those shots at Anik. If Covington had reached out and asked for an opportunity to go on the podcast and address his issues directly, I bet Anik would have welcomed that…
This is all just a really wild addition to the gallery of insane things to originate from Covington’s mouth.
Chaos & Inactivity
The former interim champion has historically had a lot to say about other top welterweights. However, he hasn’t made an effort to take any action against them. Covington’s comments on fighters like Belal and Chimaev lose their luster when you remember Colby hasn’t fought, or even been booked for a fight, in over a year. And when he was active, it was against fighters who lost their relevance at the top of the division.
Wins over Tyron Woodley and Jorge Masvidal have aged about as well as Colby’s trash talk leading up to both Kamaru Usman fights. Since 2019, he has gone 3-2 with wins over the aforementioned, and a decision over Robbie Lawler who was 1-3 in his last four.
I think Covington is an exceptionally gifted grappler and his striking has improved leaps and bounds during his UFC tenure. But the ridiculous disparity in his words and actions have seriously soured my own personal opinion of the person. Not the fighter. While still being ranked #2 in the division, Covington possesses NO wins over the Top 10 fighters. He has a SINGLE Top 15 win, which was Masvidal, and he was on a 2-fight skid.
If there is validity to his comments regarding fights not being offered, and negotiations dissolving despite Covington saying yes to opponents, there would be a change in my opinion to some extent. But it’s hard to put stock into anything he says. The correct promotional approach would’ve been to have Covington duke it out with Belal Muhammed at UFC 286. There would be no doubt that whoever came out the victor would be the next deserving contender for the welterweight throne.
But, we didn’t get that… Instead we have Colby Covington threatening to kill Jon Anik.
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