After high school and prior to his mixed martial arts career, Covington attended Iowa Central Community College, where he was a standout wrestler. At that time, he was the roommate of Jones. Covington and Jones no longer share a relationship, however, as the pair of future UFC fighters went their own ways after their respective wrestling careers.
Covington has criticized Jones' actions in the past, and recently reacted to the pound-for-pound king's removal from UFC 200 for a potential violation of USADA's anti-doping policy.
Can't say I'm surprised. https://t.co/F2eVRTRXEb— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) July 7, 2016
Everybody makes mistakes but did you learn from them and turn into someone better than before?— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) July 7, 2016
UFC 200, now headlined by former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar's highly anticipated return against Mark Hunt, takes place from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday, July 9.