Colby Covington is blaming his loss to champion Kamaru Usman on the anti-Brexit bias of referee Marc Goddard.
UFC welterweight contender Covington put a political twist on his fifth-round stoppage loss to Usman in the main event of UFC 245. He accused Goddard of foul play in a new interview with the Charlie Kirk podcast.
Colby Covington says he lost to Kamaru Usman because of Brexit: pic.twitter.com/D6DlfkLJea— Out Of Context MMA (@oocmma) January 22, 2021
"The ref called multiple fake fouls that aren't even there," Covington claimed. "I kicked the guy in the liver, and he was about to quit, he put his stomach down like was gonna quit. Ref stops it, 'oh nut shot.' They show it on the replay, clearly hit him right in the liver, wasn't even close"
"Then I come to find out the guy's anti-Brexit, he's from the UK, he hates Trump, he hates anyone who stands for Trump, he hates Republicans," Covington continued. "So of course he's gonna stack the deck against me, and not put an even playing field out there for me. He doesn't want me to win, he doesn't want me to have that spotlight"
Covington has made similar claims before, impugning the integrity of one of the UFC's most respected officials, via Twitter shortly after the loss in 2019.
Normally people do their fucking 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— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) December 15, 2019
Covington then went on to discuss when he knows his opponent is mentally broken, and his fight with Tyron Woodley came up. Covington claimed that Woodley faked a rib injury in order to get out of the fight against him.
"I knocked him out in the 5th round, or he quit. He was knocked out, I cut him open, and hurt him real bad, and then he quit. He faked a rib injury. 'oh my rib', just so they'd stop the fight, cause they knew I was gonna unload on his face."
The whole interview can be viewed below.