President Donald Trump isn’t expected to be in attendance this weekend at the event and Covington places the blame on Usman for Trump not being at UFC 245.
“You know the only reason (Trump) went out to Madison Square Garden was because me and ‘Marty Fakenewsman’ were supposed to be headlining that,” Covington said at the UFC 245 athlete panel (via Nolan King & Ken Hathaway of MMA Junkie). “But ‘Marty Fakenewsman’ had to let the EPO get out of his system, and that’s why we couldn’t do it. (President Trump) put it in his schedule, and he’s too busy right now with that impeachment (expletive). It’s too bad. But I know they’ll be watching at home. I’ll get to go back to the White House and bring them a new shiny belt.”
Covington says he hasn’t heard from the President at this time, but expects to hear from Trump after UFC 245.
“He didn’t call me in the lead-up to this fight, but I’m sure I’ll be getting a call after I beat up ‘Marty Fakenewsman’ on Saturday night,” Covington said. “Just like when I beat up Robbie Lawler last fight. He called me. The Trumps got me staying at their hotel. First class treatment, just like they treat America.”
UFC 245 takes place on Saturday, December 14 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.