Covington brought up the late Glenn Robinson in the lead up to UFC 245 and Usman doesn’t understand why Covington invoked Robinson’s name to hype up their fight.
“The man has passed away and passed on,” Usman said to MMA Fighting. “What more do you stand to gain from continuing to try and degrade his name. That’s kind of a line you don’t cross. You let dead men sleep. Unfortunately, he hasn’t learned that lesson.”
Robinson’s family also spoke up about Covington bringing his name up to hype UFC 245 as well, asking Covington to not do it anymore.
The former interim welterweight champion also accused Usman of PED usage and that is something that Usman denies.
“He kept saying that, and I’m like what is that?” Usman said. “I didn’t know what that was, and then somebody explained to me what it was. I haven’t changed since the first moment I came to the UFC. I haven’t changed from my first professional fight to my last fight. I look the exact same because I put in the exact same amount of work each and every time. The only thing that changes are my skills, and that comes with the time spent honing my craft.”
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.