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Rory MacDonald says Colby Covington is ‘the low part of the MMA world’: It’s ‘a sad time’

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Rory MacDonald isn’t a fan of UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington.

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Colby Covington has a welterweight fighter not even in the UFC talking about him.

Rory MacDonald, who challenges champ Douglas Lima for the Bellator title on Saturday, isn’t a fan of “Chaos.” When the Canadian was recently asked on The Ragin’ MMA Podcast what his low point of 2017 in MMA was, he had one name in mind.

“I guess the low part of the MMA world would probably be Colby Covington, just the fact that he is getting so much attention,” MacDonald said. “It doesn’t get to me too much, but it’s definitely a sad time for the MMA world.”

Covington, of course, made waves in the news late last year after besting former welterweight title challenger and jiu-jitsu ace Demian Maia by decision in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In his controversial post-fight interview, the rising star called the city “a dump” and its residents “filthy animals.”

A month later, in November, he was involved in an altercation with former Brazilian heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum as a guest fighter in Sydney, Australia. Werdum threw a boomerang at Covington and was charged with assault.

Since the Maia win, which extended Covington’s winning streak to five in a row, the American Top Team fighter has constantly called out UFC 170-pound titleholder Tyron Woodley, who’s currently recovering from shoulder surgery.

MacDonald said Covington doesn’t deserve the next title shot against “The Chosen One.” Rafael dos Anjos would be a better option, he said.

“That would be unfortunate (if Covington fights Woodley next), but he did beat Demian Maia — I know it wasn’t Maia’s best performance — so that’s an accomplishment, so I gotta give it to him for that,” MacDonald said. “But at the same time, I think Maia fought with emotion and not with his brain like he usually does when he’s successful.”

MacDonald faces Lima in the Bellator 192 co-main event. The event takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, California and is headlined by a Bellator heavyweight Grand Prix bout between Chael Sonnen and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.