Shortly after UFC 235, former interim welterweight champion Colby Covington had a heated run-in with new welterweight king Kamaru Usman and his manager Ali Abdelaziz. This altercation, which went down in a crowd of innocent bystanders at the Palms casino in Las Vegas, ultimately got violent, as Abdelaziz actually threw a punch at Covington (see the video here).
Speaking on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday, Colby Covington detailed his side of the story.
Apparently, he just wanted some crab legs.
“I was staying over at the dump, the Palms, and I’m waiting in the buffet line,” Covington explained (transcript via MMA Fighting). “I’m just trying to get some crab legs. Can’t the man get some crab legs? Can the man, the champ, get some crab legs in peace? All of a sudden low-energy Marty comes, that terrorist rat Ali comes and some other Sasquatch and they start pushing and swinging and start putting innocent kids’ lives in danger and a pregnant lady. There’s a pregnant lady, and she’s screaming, ‘I’m pregnant, stop this!’ and Ali is still pushing, trying to make a scene, Usman is still trying to scream at me, ‘I’m going to get you!’ and his little Sasquatch is throwing punches at my friend and trying to punch me. It’s a complete joke. I can’t believe that they allow that in Vegas. Just a bunch of filthy animals.
“. . . Ali tried to swing at me, but I’ve got cat-like reflexes, so obviously he’s not going to hit me. He’s slow as a f*cking turtle. . . You’ve got Ali acting like he’s a fighter and I’m like, ‘Chill out, dude, you’re not even a fighter. Maybe you’re 1-15 as a fighter but you’re not a real fighter.’ Marty should be on his little victory tour of winning his number one contendership fight but he’s getting all hostile.”
Colby Covington also added that in the midst of this madness, Ali Abdelaziz threatened to track him down and shoot him.
He says he’s now banned from the casino, but to his knowledge neither Abdelaziz or Usman were punished. He thinks he knows why.
“I heard that no one got in trouble,” Covington said. “I know that the Ferttitas own the Palms so I think they gave that terrorist rat a pass. They didn’t want to hurt Marty Usman’s chances by deporting him back to Nigeria before he gets his ass whooped by me.
“. . .They banned me from the Palms property for doing absolutely nothing. Just sitting there saying, ‘Hey man, we’re professionals. I’m going to beat your ass in the cage man. I’m not going to press charges on you because the real f—ing punishment for you is that beating you’re going to get when we’re in that octagon. I don’t want your ass deported back to Nigeria.’”
What do you make of this intense altercation between Colby Covington, Kamaru Usman and Ali Abdelaziz?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 3/4/2019.