Covington's 29th victory of his professional mixed martial arts career saw him set up a welterweight title unification fight with 170lbs champion Tyron Woodley, has been sat on the sidelines with a shoulder injury. After knocking out Lawler to win the title in July 2016, he fought to a majority draw in a title fight with Stephen Thompson, then won a majority decision against him in a rematch before beating Maia. A lot of fighters stall for one reason or the other so they can remain the champ.
Earlier this week, interim UFC welterweight title challenger Colby Covington made legendary former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones the subject of his never-ending stream of vitriol and smack talk. "I'm exposing you. You were and always will be my warm-up round", said Woodley in a message on Twitter.
"You've got to realize there are certain rights you deserve as a champion". "I've been in the UFC for 10 years this year - it's been a long journey, a lot of fights".
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On when he's coming back: "I'm projected to be back August 4". Covington landed and went right back to the pressure game that had worked so well for him throughout the fight.
"Some of these bouts should've taken place anyway, maybe not with the label of interim title". Even if it's somebody that's not now in the division. Maybe it's somebody else.
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He continued by making his intentions loud and clear, claiming he was gonna clean out the rest of the division in beat the rest of the most unsafe contenders in his division, then make a jump to Middleweight, capture the belt, then call it a career.
On his goals: "I kind of want to legitimately clean the division".
"I've been training with bigger guys and every time, I'm able to make adjustments and keep getting better every time, even a half-percent".
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Asked if he could help Covington take his belt to the White House, UFC president Dana White said after Saturday's card, "I can make that happen". "I want to go up and challenge myself once again, and I want to try to win the belt at 185 and defend there and pretty much retire as a middleweight". "He'd come home and he'd yell at me, "Oh what the f*** are you doing Colby, do the dishes" and he would just like freak out".