Former UFC Interim Welterweight Champion Colby Covington was in attendance this past weekend at UFC 241.
The fighter’s appearance at the event may have sparked a lot of hatred from his fellow competitors, as UFC President Dana White says that a lot of UFC stars may have tried to jump the former champion.
“Everybody in that section kept fighting with Colby,” White said during the UFC 241 post-fight press conference (via Jessie Holland of Bloody Elbow). “So security kept coming over to me 50 times to get him out of there. And I said, ‘No, everybody needs to start acting like fucking professionals because I don’t have another seat in this entire building. That whole section needs to stop starting fights with Colby.”
Nobody did get physical with Covington at the event, so the former interim welterweight champion left the arena unscathed on that night.
“Right when I got there, too, Masvidal was working his way down the line,” White said. “Holloway had moved out of his seat so that Masvidal could come into his seat ... that fucking game you play in kindergarten was going on over there when I went over there. So I asked those guys listen to me: ‘We’ve got a big night going on here. We have a big fight. I don’t need a fight breaking out with you knuckleheads. Stop it.’”
Covington is expected to fight UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman next, as White said the two are expected to clash by the end of the year.