Colby Covington hopes to perform in WWE in 2021
If there’s any UFC fighter that can transition into the WWE it would be Colby Covington and today the outspoken UFC star said he is planning on making that transition.
The former interim welterweight champion discussed his WWE timeline on SB Nation’s “What the Heck” show, hosted by former MyMMANews writer Mike Heck.
“I would say probably 2021,” Covington said “Not this summer, but next summer. I’ve been practicing moves and really working on my promo and mic skills and just control and slowing things down and understanding the art of wrestling.
“I want to make sure when I go there I make the biggest splash possible, because I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time and I’m not here to make friends, I’m here to make money. When I go over there I want to make Brink’s truck loads of money.”
Covington has a few connections to the WWE. His teammate at American Top Team is Bobby Lashley, who current works for the WWE. Also WWE Hall of Fame Kurt Angle and Covington have remained in contact since Angle allowed Covington to use his entrance music for his walkouts.
Covington added that he’s been in touch with former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who successfully made the transition into the WWE. The two caught up at a WWE event in Miami.
“Ronda Rousey, the greatest women’s mixed martial artist of all time, it’s good to learn from her and see her and how she’s handling the transition from MMA to pro wrestling. I think I’m going to have a good grasp of it. I grew up amateur wrestling and I know how to act, I know how to sell, and everybody knows I know how to entertain so I think it’s going to be a smooth transition when I go to the WWE in 2021.”
The UFC will likely have to give Covington permission to perform in the WWE given his UFC contract. It wouldn’t be the first time the promotion allowed their fighters to cross over while under contract. Brock Lesnar is perhaps the biggest example of someone who has both UFC and WWE contracts.