Colby Covington sparked controversy when he opened up about the near-death train crash of former two-time 170-pound division titleholder Matt Hughes during a post-fight interview over two years ago .
Covington defeated Robbie Lawler by unanimous decision (50-44 and 50-45 x2) at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. After the fight, he told play-by-play commentator Jon Anik that Lawler should have learned a lesson from his friend Hughes.
The 48-year-old UFC Hall of Famer suffered a serious head injury after a train collided with his truck at a railroad crossing in June 2017. He was left unconscious for days and suffered lifelong complications. ‘Chaos’ commented on this.
“Let’s talk about the lesson we learned tonight. It was a strong lesson that Robbie should have learned from his good pal Matt Hughes. You stay off the tracks when the train passes, junior. It doesn’t matter if it’s the Trump train or the Colby train, get out of the way,” Covington said.
Watch Colby Covington and Robbie Lawler talk to Jon Anik after their main event below:
Several mixed martial arts fans and pundits criticized Covington for taunting “Ruthless” at Hughes’ expense at the time. But the UFC’s No. 1 welterweight contender stood by his statement.
Hughes gave Covington a response a few days later. He insisted that a reference to his accident could have been avoided.
Colby Covington set to face former best friend Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272 next month
Colby Covington and No. 6-ranked UFC welterweight superstar Jorge Masvidal were best friends, roommates and training partners at the American Top Team (ATT) gym a few years ago.
However, things took an ugly turn as the duo got involved in a big spat and Covington left ATT for the MMA Masters facility. He was also involved in a long-running feud with Masvidal and other teammates like Dustin Poirier and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Now ‘Chaos’ and ‘Gamebred’ have a chance to settle things inside the octagon as they prepare for the UFC 272 main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on March 5, 2022.
Here is the official poster for the UFC 272 pay-per-view: Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal:
Covington holds a 16-3 record so far in his professional MMA career, while Masvidal is currently 35-15.