Do You Smell What “Chaos” Is Cooking?
Colby “Chaos” Covington, a South Florida resident, is one of the top welterweights in the world, competing for the top MMA promotion UFC.
If ever there exemplified an MMA star who can cross over into pro wrestling mode as a legit heel expeditiously, it’s him.
Covington talks smack and backs it up, while enjoying his heel attitude.
It’s reminiscent of the Attitude Era of professional wrestling. Some fans like the cocky, arrogant heel and some don’t.
Some of his American Top Team teammates did not, but we will get to that later.
Covington faces rival Tyron “The Chosen One” Woodley in the main event of UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ on Saturday from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
In my audio interview with Covington, he discusses UFC Fight Night, Tyron Woodley, American Top Team, Dan Lambert, MMA Masters, Jorge Masvidal, WWE, Drew McIntyre, Hulk Hogan and more.
Covington grew up a pro wrestling fan with a goal of becoming a WWE Superstar. He excelled in amateur wrestling for Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, and Iowa Central Community College and Oregon State University, before transitioning to MMA.
Originally from Springfield via Sacramento, Covington graduated from Oregon State in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Covington moved to South Florida in 2011, after being recruited by Dan Lambert, the leader of American Top Team in Coconut Creek.
Lambert is also a big-time pro wrestling fan with some cool pro wrestling memorabilia, and he appeared in Impact Wrestling in 2017 with King Mo, Bobby Lashley, John Hartnett, and Covington.
Covington and Hartnett appeared on a WrestlePro card in New Jersey in February 2018. Covington defeated TyQuil Woodley, a parody character of rival Tyron Woodley, in a match. Covington put him to sleep.
Currently King Mo and Lambert can bee seen on Major League Wrestling.
Covington appreciates and respects Lambert, and the two agreed mutually in May for Covington to train MMA elsewhere, stemming from complaints by other ATT fighters, (including Woodley according to Covington) because of Covington’s success and outspoken views on politics, life, MMA fighters and more.
Covington, 32, remained in South Florida, a hotbed for MMA, and eventually landed with another respected company, MMA Masters in Miami.
With a change in training centers, Colby “Chaos” Covington is focused once again on his MMA career.
Covington (15-2) is ranked No.2 in the welterweight division and Wooldey (19-5-1) No. 5.
They know each other well. Woodley, 38, trains at American Top Team, where Covington trained prior, and they trained together in the past.
Covington is ready.
Covington, a former UFC champ, utilized the entrance music of WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle (“You Suck”) for his win over Robbie Lawler in August 2019.
Covington, who supports President Donald Trump and is friends with the Trump family, is surprisingly keeping quiet on something — his entrance music for the big fight on Saturday.
I’m hopeful it’s from another WWE Hall of Famer.
“I am a real American. Fight for what’s right. Fight for your life.”
In the future, Covington versus former friend and former ATT teammate Jorge Masvidal for bragging rights of Miami, the MBMF championship, is bucket list type at AmericanAirlines Arena (when fans can return to the AAA).
BTW, Covington also has beef with WWE champ Drew McIntyre and would embrace a match with the “Scottish Psychopath.” They have exchanged “words” through social media and interviews.
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