Colby Covington is currently in the midst of a media whirlwind, aiming to clarify and shed light on his recent loss to Leon Edwards. His defeat was a one-sided unanimous decision loss at UFC 296.
UFC CEO Dana White didn’t mince words in his assessment of Covington’s performance. White remarked that Covington appeared “slow and old” during the match against Edwards.
White said during the press conference after the event: “I guess my take on it, and let me know what you guys think, but when you’re 35 years old or any age in this sport, and you’re like, ‘Yeah, I’m going to wait,’ waiting is never a good idea in this sport. This sport doesn’t wait for anybody.”
White elaborated on Covington’s performance during the match, pointing out that he seemed outpaced and outwrestled by Edwards.
He said: “I think he looked slow tonight. He got outwrestled. Leon looked good. He looked fast. (Covington) Looked like he had trouble dealing with his speed and getting outwrestled, too. And not to mention the fact that Leon absolutely destroyed that leg.”
Despite the defeat, Covington maintains that he did enough to secure victory. In a recent interview with Patrick Bet-David, he disclosed an alleged injury sustained merely 30 seconds into the match against Edwards. Covington claims to have broken his foot and intends to release X-rays to substantiate his injury claims.
He said: “I doubled in the strike count, I had over five minutes of control time where he didn’t have one minute. So I feel like I beat him in the fight. I broke my foot 30 seconds into the fight. People don’t know about that yet but the X-rays will be coming out.”
Covington also described the exact moment of impact and the subsequent swelling in his foot, which affected his performance throughout the match.
“I have the picture on my phone, the exact moment where it (foot) landed on his elbow. You can feel it swelling up. After the end of the first round I was like, ‘that hurts.’ Usually I sit on the stool and I didn’t want to sit down.”