After defeating champion Robbie Lawler last December, former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will likely get the next shot at current titleholder Tyron Woodley. For Colby Covington, however, the UFC would be making a mistake if they pushed through with this matchup.
“You’re going to do the least amount of pay-per-views ever in history if they do Woodley and RDA,” Covington told MMAjunkie Radio. “I just don’t get why they want to do RDA. It’s not a money fight.”
“Tyron wants to be the hero, so if he wants to be the hero, he needs to come fight me. I’m the villain. I’m the bad guy of the division. I’m the most hated guy in the division.”
Covington is aware that he has been ruffling some feathers with his persona, which could include the company itself. Nonetheless, he feels that a lack of push from the UFC is not a loss for him.
“If they don’t like me, they don’t like me. That’s their decision,” Covington said. “They’re losing out on business. They’re losing out on money. They don’t see that I’m the money fight. I’m the new money fighter in the division.”
“I’m the new star of the UFC. They need a guy like me, and they don’t see my potential. But that’s OK. I’m not out to please everyone. If the UFC doesn’t like what I’m doing, it is what it is.”
Covington moved up to the number three spot at the UFC’s official welterweight rankings after his decision win over Demian Maia in Sao Paulo, Brazil last October.