Colby Covington explains reason for Matt Hughes train taunt, brands critics ‘snowflakes’
The former interim UFC welterweight champion made light of Hughes’ life-threatening train accident in June 2017 shortly after beating the hall of famer’s long-time friend Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision in the main event of UFC on ESPN Five in Newark, New Jersey.
“Let’s talk about the lesson we learned tonight that Robbie should have learned from his good buddy Matt Hughes,” Covington told Jon Anik in his post-fight interview. “You stay off the tracks when the train is coming through, junior.
“Doesn’t matter if it’s the Trump train or the Colby train, stay out the way.”
Covington’s mocking of Hughes – who was in a coma for several weeks after his pickup truck got at a rail crossing and was hit by a train – overshadowed a flawless performance.
Given the backlash he’s received on social media, as well as the severity of Hughes’ accident – which nearly robbed him of his ability to walk – one would assume Covington would be somewhat ashamed his comments.
The controversial Californian, however, doesn’t regret them one bit.
“Not at all,” Covington said when asked if he felt his comments crossed the line. “Did I say something that was offensive?
The guy’s done some pretty crappy stuff, he’s got lawsuits against his family, against his brother, I just said the truth
Colby Covington on why he mentioned Matt Hughes’ train accident
“The guy’s done some pretty crappy stuff, he’s got lawsuits against his family, against his brother, I just said the truth, I’m honest.
“I’m a little bit brutally honest sometimes and people can’t handle it.”
Sticking to his pro-Donald Trump schtick, Covington then referred to his critics by a term often used by the president.
He said: “If people were worried about words but we go in the Octagon to kill each other, don’t be so sensitive, snowflakes.”
Hughes addressed Covington’s comments on Instagram, writing: “Not sure if Colby Covington should have used my accident as fuel for his post-fight trash talk, but that was one heck of a fight. Reminder though, this is the fighting world. People talk trash and you gotta have thick skin.”
Victory over Lawler was Covington’s seventh in a row and his first since being relieved of the interim 170lbs title last September.
And ‘Chaos’ now has his sights set on a November showdown with reigning welterweight king Kamaru Usman.
“Marty Fake Newsman, I don’t want to wait until Nov. 2 in Madison Square Garden, we can do it tonight,” Covington declared in the Octagon. We can do it right now. Where you at? I’m coming for you.”
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