Colby Covington takes another shot at LeBron James, this time in Veterans Day post

Colby Covington has found a new target outside of the MMA sphere. The American Top Team staple took to Twitter to trash basketball legend LeBron James while celebrating American soldiers on Veterans Day.

“My Grandfather is a Veteran of both Vietnam and The Korean War. One day isn’t enough to thank these heroes for their service. Stop looking up to cry baby communist millionaires like @KingJames and start looking up to the real heroes of your country and community. The Veterans.” – Colby Covington on Twitter.

Veterans Day in the US is a reminder for American citizens to acknowledge soldiers who risked their lives for the freedom of their country. Covington wanted to recognize the sacrifices made by veterans while insulting the basketball player in the process.

His comment is a reference to James allegedly supporting communism in China.

In October, the manager of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, said (in a since-deleted tweet) he supported pro-democracy protests in China.

“I don’t want to get into a word or sentence feud with Daryl Morey,” James responded (transcript via The BBC). “But I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand and he spoke.

“We do all have freedom of speech, but at times there are ramifications for the negative that can happen when you’re not thinking about others and you’re only thinking about yourself,” he said.

Many fans took his statements as pro-communism. Covington responded with a heated twitter post.

“.@KingJames please enlighten us with your high school education about what kind of “consequences and ramifications” come from FREEDOM junior!?”

Ever an advocate for freedom of speech, Covington isn’t afraid to ruffle the feathers of the world’s biggest stars. In recent months, the welterweight has made headlines for calling out Kamaru Usman, Mike Perry and former teammate Jorge Masvidal (among many others).

Unlike other instances of controversy, his recent Veterans Day post received an overwhelmingly positive reception. Twitter fans praised the MMA star for celebrating war veterans and acknowledging the US’ fight for freedom.

Do you think Covington was right to call out LeBron James?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/12/2019.  

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Kamaru Usman Open To Welterweight Title Showdown With Jorge Masvidal

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Current UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Usman, has expressed his interest in meeting top contender Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal, after the Miami native secured the BMF championship with a victory over Nate Diaz at UFC 244 recently. The Henri Hooft trainee headlines UFC 245 on December 14th. against arch-rival Colby Covington, but in a recent sit-down with MMA Fighting, Usman has earmarked a potential future clash with the surging Masvidal.

Usman, who claimed the welterweight crown from Tyron Woodley in dominant fashion earlier this year, faces Covington in his first title defense in the final pay-per-view event of the year, but believes there’s a lot more than meets the eye in Masvidal’s recent stoppages of Ben Askren and Darren Till. The smothering wrestler has so far been unmatched in the Octagon since his 2015 bow, and ahead of a possible meeting with American Top Team mainstay, Masvidal, Usman remains supremely confident.

Speaking with MMA Fighting, Usman gave his thoughts on a meeting with ‘Gamebred’. “I wouldn’t say (I’ve been) impressed,” Usman stated. “Because it’s (Jorge) Masvidal, nothing’s changed. He’s the same guy. He’s fought the same way forever. It’s just the luck of the draw. He’s getting that luck of the draw. Let’s be honest, Darren Till dropped him in the first round of their fight, and let’s say if he didn’t land that punch (knockout), how does the fight play out? Had he not landed that knee (against Ben Askren), and I’m not going to say it’s lucky cause he drilled that, how does that fight play out? There’s a lot of questions to be answered. He’s got a lot of hype right now, and he’s been in this sport for a long, long time. But at the end of the day, does it really matter if you have all that hype if you never make it to the pinnacle of the sport? I like the fact that he has all this hype. It brings a lot of eyes. So if he does make it to me and the fight is made, I would be very, very interested in that.

Usman shares Florida as his home base with Masvidal, but it’s the Nigerian’s opponent Covington, who shares some significant history with ‘Gamebred’. During the often controversial Covington’s rise to title challenger status, the Californian openly criticized and poked fun at American Top Team teammates Masvidal, former interim lightweight champion Dustin ‘The Diamond’ Poirier and former strawweight queen, Joanna Jędrzejczyk. With Masvidal’s BMF triumph over Nate Diaz in New York two weeks ago, it seems the Floridian is almost guaranteed to meet the winner of Usman vs. Covington for 170-pound gold in the coming year as his career resurrection continues to take shape.

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Kamaru Usman plans to show Colby Covington ‘I am more American than he is’

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman feels that he is more American than his UFC 245 challenger Colby Covington, who is an outspoken patriot and supporter of Donald Trump.

Usman, who was born in Nigeria and immigrated to America, shared his thoughts in an interview with Kristine Leahy on FAIR GAME, asserting that he is the one living the American Dream — not his MAGA hat wearing rival.

“This country is built off of immigrants, so when did we get to the point where it’s like we need to divide, we need to push this immigrant out, or that immigrant, or separate, and so I feel like that’s what he’s pushing,” Usman stated (transcript via MMA Junkie). “That’s what he’s trying to say, and I need to let him know that I am more American than he is. I am absolutely more American than he is.”

“I’m an immigrant who came here, worked his tail off to get to where I am,” Usman added. “I did everything right. I didn’t cheat anybody. I didn’t lie, I didn’t do any of the things that they’re trying to say immigrants do. I didn’t do any of that. I paid my dues, and I got what he wanted. I’m sitting up here, and he’s down here looking up at me, so I need to remind him, I’m more American than he is. I’m the one living the American Dream.”

Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington will collide in the main event of UFC 245 on December 14. The card will also feature a featherweight title fight between champion Max Holloway and challenger Alexander Volkanovski, and a women’s bantamweight title fight between champion Amanda Nunes and challenger Germaine de Randamie.

What do you think of these comments from Usman? How do you think Covington will respond?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/6/2019. 

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Why didn’t Colby Covington sit with President Donald Trump at UFC 244?

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Colby Covington doesn’t hide his support for President Donald Trump and his family. He even appeared to be reading Trump’s son’s book during the UFC 245 press conference.

Covington being one of Trump’s biggest supporters, you would think he would be there by Trump’s side when the President attended UFC 244, but Covington was nowhere to be found in the arena.

Dana White shined a light on why Covington wasn’t there with Trump.


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Mike Perry says ‘it’s on sight’ if he sees Colby Covington at UFC 245

Mike Perry is looking to make fight week a difficult one for Colby Covington at UFC 245.

The two will both fight on the card, and Perry has made it clear that he hopes Kamaru Usman beats Colby Covington in the evenings main event. He has also issued a threat to ‘Chaos’ saying if he sees him, it’s on sight.

“Sure, I like Usman. I’m going to give Covington a problem all week long,” Perry said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “Let’s see if he is thinking about the right things when he gets in the ring. I hope he hears about this. If he catches sight of me, it’s on sight.”

Although he says it will be on sight, Mike Perry says he won’t go chasing after the fight. Instead, he sees him, he may go up to him.

“I won’t be looking for him, I’ll be looking to do my own thing,” he added. “If I catch a glimpse, I might sneak over.”

Of course, Perry and Covington have had multiple feuds online and interviews. They have been trash-talking one another for a while now, and Perry is ready to do something about it at UFC 245.

As for why they started trash-talking each other, Perry believes Covington said things about his wife in an attempt to get some fans.

“I don’t know why people got problems with us. Maybe he is just looking for clout because he can’t get none with that crotch sniffing style,” he said.

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At UFC 245, Mike Perry is returning to the Octagon to take on Geoff Neal. It is a very interesting fight as Perry is looking to get back into the win column after a loss to Vicente Luque in August where he suffered a broken his nose.

Colby Covington is fighting for the welterweight title against Kamara Usman in the UFC 245 event headliner, but he may also have to deal with ‘Platinum’ during the week if the two run into each other.

What do you make of Mike Perry saying it’s on sight if he sees Colby Covington at UFC 245? Sound off in the comment section, PENN Nation!

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/5/2019. 

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