The challenger revealed recently that he has verbally agreed to face Usman this November in Madison Square Garden.
“I’m ready to go,” Covington told MMA Junkie. “I already gave the verbal ‘yes’ to the UFC that I’m going to go to Madison Square Garden and make it great again because the Knicks have tarnished the legacy of Madison Square Garden. It’s disgusting what they’ve done to that arena. It’s nothing but Ls. There’s only one man that can go to Madison Square Garden and make it great again and that’s yours truly. Sign the paper, Marty. Stop faking injuries, stop ducking me. This is a joke man. This is getting out of hand now.”
Usman has yet to comment on the potential title bout at UFC 244, as he hasn’t defended the gold since winning it at UFC 235.
Covington is also willing to fight some other competitors if Usman doesn’t face him at UFC 244.
“I would accept other fights,” Covington said. “I already have a title. This is America’s title, this is the people’s title. This is the most distinguished belt in the UFC today. Whether it’s Nick Diaz, whether it’s Nate Diaz the journeyman who is barely a .500-level fighters, they’ve got Stockton slaps but they ain’t ready for MAGA-bombs. Those guys have speech impediments. They don’t know what wrestling is. They have lisps in their voice. Whether it’s the Diaz’s, whether it’s my best friend (Jorge Masvidal), whether it’s Marty Fakenewsman, this belt will be defended Nov. 2 at Madison Square Garden because that’s what Donald Trump wants.”
UFC 244 takes place on Saturday, November 2 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with no main event announced at this time. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.