Welterweight fighter Colby Covington has declared his ambitions for his upcoming bout against Leon Edwards at UFC 296, including a unique victory celebration involving former President Donald Trump. Covington, known for his outspoken nature, made the announcement during the UFC 296 media day events on Wednesday, December 13, 2023.
Covington arrived at the media day donning an eye-catching suit featuring a mugshot image of Trump, making his support for the former president abundantly clear. During the media event, he further revealed that not only would Trump be present at UFC 296, but he also plans to have him wrap the championship belt around him if he emerges victorious in the fight against Edwards.
“Donald Trump will be in attendance on Saturday night and he’s going to wrap that belt around me. I love Dana White but I’ve just asked Dana, if you could let Donald put it around me, so it’s going to be a spectacle,” said Covington.
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The welterweight fighter, who is known for his controversial statements, did not stop there. He continued his predictions for the fight, stating that regardless of his opponent, he was confident in his victory, especially in front of Trump.
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“It doesn’t matter who they put in front of me this Saturday, they could put the Hulk in there, no one is beating me in front of Donald Trump, we’re going to make America great again, and we’re going to make the UFC welterweight division great again because Leon’s made an absolute joke of it.”
This fight is a significant moment for Covington, who seems determined to reclaim the glory in the welterweight division while also using the opportunity to express his political views. Whether his bold prediction will come true remains to be seen in the upcoming UFC 296 fight this Saturday.