Chael Sonnen is of the belief that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Colby Covington’s verbal jab at Matt Hughes.
Many fans and media members are saying that Covington turned in the best performance of his professional mixed martial arts career at UFC Newark. “Chaos” had five stellar rounds against Robbie Lawler and his pressure game proved to be too much for “Ruthless” to handle. Covington ended up scoring a unanimous decision victory.
His post-fight speech, however, perhaps overshadowed the performance. Covington made a controversial remark when speaking to UFC play-by-play ace Jon Anik.
“Let’s talk about the lesson we learned tonight. It’s a strong lesson that Robbie should’ve learned from his good buddy Matt Hughes. You stay off the tracks when the train’s coming through, junior. Don’t matter if there’s a Trump train or the Colby train, get out the way!”
Hughes had to be airlifted to a hospital back in June 2017. He was involved in an accident where his truck collide with an oncoming train. Hughes is still dealing with the effects from head trauma.
“I am inclined to believe, whether I’m right or not, that there is a likelihood that Matt was in on it. A likelihood that Matt was tipped off ahead of time. ‘Hey here’s what I’m thinking about saying. What are you thinking Matt?’ Got a chuckle and gave it support.”
Sonnen admitted that he doesn’t know with certainty that his theory is correct, but he explained why he could be on to something.
“Now without having any evidence of that, and I don’t have any evidence of that, but Matt Hughes in real life is best friends with Dan Lambert. Dan Lambert is not only Colby’s manager and mentor, Dan Lambert owns the American Top Team. Owns the whole gym. So I don’t believe that Colby would be able to just go out and insult [Hughes]. It was such a dirty line. It was just a dirty, mean-spirited line. I don’t believe he would go out and do that to Matt Hughes unless maybe there was a little discussion ahead of time.”