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UFC 202 Video: Colby Covington: 'I'm not just a wrestler anymore'

Bloody Elbow's Eddie Mercado speaks with the 2x All-American Colby Covington ahead of his UFC 202 clash with UFC newcomer Max "Pain" Griffin on August 20, 2016. Covington touches on his former roommate Jon Jones, possible rats at ATT, and his evolution as a complete martial artist.

American Top Team's Colby Covington has utilized his 2x All American collegiate wrestling experience to amass a 9-1 professional record and 4-1 inside of the UFC. At UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor II on August 20, 2016, Colby 'Chaos' Covington will be welcoming UFC newcomer Max Griffin to the infamous octagon. Covington spoke with Bloody Elbow's Eddie Mercado ahead of his UFC 202 bout regarding his old roommate Jon Jones, some possible rats in his gym, and the rounding out of his skills as a mixed martial artist.

Interview: UFC 202 Welterweight Colby Covington **AUDIO ONLY**

Colby Covington briefly touched on his severed relationship with former roommate Jon Jones:

"There's no relationship. He had some anger issues. Probably because of stuff he was doing before he left college. We had a pretty big falling out before we left college and that's that. I'm on my path. He's on his path. That is what it is."

American Top Team's Colby 'Chaos' Covington has had a sneaking suspicion that there is a 'rat' in the gym since his lone loss to Warlley Alves at UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor:

"To go into the fight at 50% was a stupid idea. I think he knew about it because we got some Brazilians in our gym at American Top Team. I think we got some rats; guys that probably said something because I was training with a Brazilian that day when my rib popped. In training I screamed and yelled and I was on my back. I think they probably said something because the first thing he [Warlley Alves] did is come out and throw a kick right to my right rib, which was the injured rib. That just kind of sent me into shock. I backpedalled and boom boom. I put my neck down and he was able to grab a Guillotine. That was a big learning lesson for me."

The 2x All American Colby Covington explained that is no longer just a wrestler:

"My evolution has taken a big, big leap in the last year. I have really focused on my striking. I know that my grappling is up there with any grappler in the division. I don't think there's a better grappler in the division, in my personal opinion, than me right now. So I knew I had to branch out really start evolving my striking game. Guys obviously in their head they think I'm going to wrestle them now. I've really taken a lot of time to work on my Karate, worked on my kickboxing, and Muay Thai. I'm a different fighter now. I'm not just a wrestler anymore. I'm a very well rounded fighter. I'll use wrestling if I need to in fights but maybe I'll fight another wrestler and you'll find out how good my striking is."

Watch the 9-1 Colby Covington take on the 12-2 Max Griffin at UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor II on August 20, 2016. Follow Bloody Elbow for all of your event coverage including previews, play-by-play, highlights, and more!