Things got extremely heated between UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and UFC Newark headliner and winner Colby Covington on Saturday. Following Covington’s decision win over former champion Robbie Lawler, he joined the broadcast booth to confront the champion and engage in a war of words.
Covington said that the thing that separates him from “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman is that Usman “cannot keep up with the pressure.”
Usman responded, “I’m the King of the pressure.”
Covington then cut him off stating, “Says the guy who got choked out by Jose Caceres. Shut your mouth.”
The only man each of them lost to, the other beat as well. According to a story Brady Briggs for LowKick MMA, “Jose Caceres defeated Usman via submission (rear-naked choke) while Covington defeated Caceres via unanimous decision, each fight before they were in the UFC. Warlley Alves defeated Colby Covington via submission (guillotine choke), while Usman then defeated Alves via unanimous decision, each fight while they were in the UFC.”
Caceres (14-9) defeated Usman in 2013 but lost to Covington just two fights later the same year.
MyMMANews.com reached out Caceres to get his thoughts on Covington dropping his name.
“My truest thoughts about Colby and many others bringing up my name is that I am well respected in the MMA world,” Caceres said. “And even though he might be using it to get under Kamaru’s skin, and to others might think it’s like hurting my feelings, or down playing my name. I exposed their weaknesses and I know because of me they both improved their game . But they better start putting respeck on mah name because im far from done of achieving my goal of being UFC welterweight champion. Best believe I’m putting in all the right work in to get me to the top!”