Colby Covington came up short in his bid to claim the welterweight throne at UFC 245.
Colby Covington has issued a second statement following his UFC 245 defeat to Kamaru Usman. The former interim welterweight champion suffered a fifth-round TKO loss to the undisputed 170lb king in the main event of the final pay-per-view of the decade.
With the fight dead even and a matter of minutes from going to the judges’ scorecards, Usman drastically picked up the pace and dropped Covington twice before closing the show with a barrage of hammer fists that prompted referee Marc Goddard to call a halt to proceedings.
The long-awaited grudge match well and truly lived up to its billing, with both men showcasing championship mentality and an unwavering desire to win.
Covington was arguably made to dig deeper as he suffered a broken jaw in the third round courtesy of a vicious straight right from Usman.
The Oregon native was immediately transported to the hospital after being given a once over from the UFC’s medical team.
And it was from the hospital the divisive welterweight vented his fury at the result and vowed to come back stronger than ever,
Alongside a picture of himself, Covington wrote on Instagram: “Just a kid from Oregon chasing the American Dream.
“Working hard and earning everything in my life the hard way since day one.
“I put myself out there in front of the world to kill or be killed.
“Marc Goddard robbed me tonight with p**s-poor officiating. He let my opponent fake injuries for extra time and stopped the fight early.
“Just like America, my will and spirit can never be broken. Speed bumps can’t slow me down. You people ain’t seen nothing yet.”
Covington proceeded that Instagram post by tweeting: “Normally people do their f*****g in the bedroom, not the octagon @marcgoddard_uk!
“I go in there to kill or be killed. You robbed me of that.
“You robbed the people of a fair fight. You should be ashamed of yourself. Fake nut shot.
“Fake eye poke. Fake stoppage. Fake ref. #ufc245.”
UFC president Dana White was impressed by the heart Covington showcased in his ill-fated pursuit of the undisputed 170lb title, saying: “To have a broken jaw in almost the second or third round and almost finish the fight is pretty impressive.
“So for as big as his mouth is and all the stuff that he talks, the guy can fight. He’s talented and he’s tough. He came in here with a game plan tonight. Not just fight but how he handled the fight and all those kind of things. And Usman shut it down.”
I put myself out there in front of the world to kill or be killed