March 3, 2024
UFC fighter Colby Covington appears to threaten broadcaster in rant

UFC fighter Colby Covington appeared to threaten broadcaster Jon Anik around the commentator’s evident assistance for Belal Muhammad’s welterweight title shot against Leon Edwards.

Covington ripped Anik in an job interview with MMA Preventing on Tuesday, stating he connected with a “racist” in Muhammad and appeared to make a danger.

“But then you want to go back guiding the stage and cheerlead for a racist. So he associates with racism and Belal Muhammad,” Covington explained. “And, you know, Jon Anik, dude, I never want your children to grow up devoid of a father. Just know you stay in Boca, I dwell in Miami, mom——. You’re not way too considerably from me. So you greater shut your f–ing mouth. You poke the bear? Now you get the bear will come following you.”

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Jon Anik anchors the broadcast during the UFC 284 event at RAC Arena on Feb. 12, 2023, in Perth, Australia.

Jon Anik anchors the broadcast in the course of the UFC 284 celebration at RAC Arena on Feb. 12, 2023, in Perth, Australia. (Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC through Getty Visuals)

UFC president Dana White mentioned just after Edwards defeated Kamaru Usman at UFC 286 that Covington was future in line to get the title shot.

Anik appeared to support Muhammad’s shot in a tweet in advance of the struggle.

“Comprehend acutely why Colby Covington was the back again-up but tough not to come to feel for @bullyb170! 9-struggle unbeaten streak. Has not dropped in 4-additionally years. Just KO’d a formerly undefeated fighter. The person justifies his respect and I don’t say that b/c he hosts a podcast w/ my twin bro,” he wrote.

Muhammad quotation-tweeted Anik and appeared to propose Covington received the future shot simply because he was White, according to MMA Mania. That appeared to be the crux of Covington’s racism argument.


Colby Covington reacts after being called the winner over Jorge Masvidal during UFC 272 at T-Mobile Arena on March 5, 2022, in Las Vegas.

Colby Covington reacts soon after being named the winner in excess of Jorge Masvidal all through UFC 272 at T-Mobile Arena on March 5, 2022, in Las Vegas. (David Becker/Getty Illustrations or photos)

Muhammad certainly has not missing a fight because 2019. His first bout with Edwards resulted in a no-contest due to an eye poke. He’s now fourth in the welterweight rankings.

As for no matter if Covington essentially receives the title shot next, Edwards made very clear Covington was not following in line.

“I certainly have a say [in who’s next],” Edwards said on the “MMA Hour.” “Hear, he ain’t having a title shot subsequent combat. Look at the road I had to take to get there. There is no way you are obtaining defeat two times by the male that I just beat 2 times, went out and conquer Masvidal, and then sit out for a year and a 50 percent, not even tweeting or nothing at all, just go missing for a year, and then randomly pops up at the weigh-ins and it’s like, ‘OK, he’s combating for the title following.’ It tends to make no perception at all, so let us see how it performs out. He has to go out there and gain his way like I had to do.

“Khamzat [Chimaev] and me have been contacting each individual other out for yrs. This is a male that I received matched up with 3 occasions in a row. I took the [Chimaev] combat and [Covington] did not consider the fight and he’s acquiring rewarded for not using the fight. When it was me, I obtained eliminated from the rankings. So ‘Dana White privilege’ is unquestionably real.”

Colby Covington is seen in attendance during the UFC 286 event at The O2 Arena on March 18, 2023, in London.

Colby Covington is noticed in attendance throughout the UFC 286 party at The O2 Arena on March 18, 2023, in London. (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC by using Getty Pictures)

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Edwards added that Covington should really have a single far more fight ahead of receiving a title nod.