Israel Adesanya faces Paolo Costa at UFC 253 this weekend with his UFC middleweight title and both men’s unbeaten records at stake, but Colby Covington continues to make headlines for the wrong reasons.
After beating Tyron Woodley last week, Covington called Black Lives Matters a ‘sham’ and also received a congratulatory phone call from US President Donald Trump during his post-fight press conference.
And his rival, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, teased him about when they spoke to each other afterward, which led to Covington making some very rude references to Usman’s Nigerian origin.
“Who did you get a call from?” Covington asked Usman who joked that there was drool around his mouth from the phone call.
“Did you get a fear call from your little tribe? Have they given you smoke signals for you? [laughs] You are kidding, Marty Fake Newsman!
Adesanya was asked about the comments ahead of his Fight Island clash and The Last Stylebender believes there is hypocrisy in what is covered, while also celebrating the fact that his countryman broke Covington’s jaw when they stand. are beaten.
“I mean, it just shows you the media landscape and what it is right now,” Adesanya said during UFC 253 media day at Yas Island.
“I made a joke about abandoning Romero like the Twin Towers, and everyone was losing their minds, even though I said it was a joke and it was pretty funny, but people took it it like I was offending and digging, but I was making a joke.
“This guy directly insulted my culture, my brother and a lot of other cultures and stuff and nobody said anything but it just shows you a mirror.” So yeah, I don’t care. Kamaru Usman broke his jaw.
Covington’s comments on the Black Lives Matter move also saw him punch basketball star LeBron James, whom he called a “ thornless coward ” as he dedicated his victory over Woodley to first responders and armed forces.
“The Black Lives Matter is a complete sham,” Covington said.
“It’s a joke. They take these people who are real terrorists. They take these people who are criminals. They are not hard working Americans, blue collar Americans. They are bad people. They are bad guys. criminals.
“They shouldn’t attack the police. If you break the law and threaten cops with guns, you deserve to get what you get. Law enforcement protects us all. If we don’t have law enforcement, it would be the wild Wild West.
UFC clothing sponsor Reebok came out and denounced Covington’s comments.
“We do not agree with the sentiments he expressed and stand firm in our belief that black lives are important. We stand alongside athletes and communities fighting for change, ”a statement said.