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Gaethje goes off on ‘coward’ Covington: ‘I probably despise’ him more than anybody on Earth

“As a man, I would love to slap him right across the face.”

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You can now add Justin Gaethje to the growing list of fighters who loathe the existence of one Colby Covington. On Thursday’s UFC 254 virtual media day, the interim lightweight champion didn’t hold back his sentiments.

“The day after that [Trump rally], I was singing his praises because of how professional he was and how he held himself,” Gaethje stated (via MMA Fighting). “But then he went onto do a bunch of interviews and I probably despise that man more than anybody on planet Earth, other than like child pedophiles and murderers and things like that.

“He is a coward – he’s a fake person,” he continued. “He stands there and acts like this soft-hearted dude, and then he gets behind the camera and he’s a total coward and a fake person. I’ve never met someone as fake as Colby Covington.

“As a man, I would love to slap him right across the face.”

Gaethje and Covington do have their shared support for the re-election of incumbent US President Donald Trump. But according to “The Highlight,” it’s more about his respect for the country’s presidents, in general.

“Meeting the President of the United States, it doesn’t matter, it could have been [Barack] Obama, it could have been Trump, if I meet the President of the United States … I’m from a very small town, a very small place from hard working people, we respect the President of the United States as our leader.

“So it was really cool. It was a really cool opportunity for me, for my family, for my town to get to have that experience.”

Gaethje meeting Covington inside the UFC Octagon is highly unlikely at this point. For now, he has his hands full preparing for the biggest fight of his life when he faces Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254 on Oct. 24 in Fight Island.