Here’s a bit of trivia for you: when is the last time the UFC held a full-blown press conference for a Fight Night event? That’s the situation with UFC Vegas 11 this weekend. While the odd title fight does pop up on streaming service ESPN+, the promotion’s smaller shows don’t generally warrant this sort of fanfare.
However, with the always controversial Colby Covington topping the card against former welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, it’s clear that a few more eyeballs will be on the fight than usual. Especially when U.S. President Donald Trump says he’ll be watching.
“I’m going to be watching Colby, I’m a big fan of Colby,” Trump said in a video Covington shared via social media (h/t MMA Fighting). “He is a winner, He is a champ and it’s going to be a great evening and a great fight.
“I wish him the best of luck. I’ve just seen him a lot and he is tough. Good luck champ.”
Let’s be honest: you’ll probably be watching as well. After all, why else would you be reading up on the fight, or even care about Thursday’s pre-fight press conference? Which looks to have the main event players, plus fighters like Cowboy Cerrone and Johnny Walker as well.
The UFC Vegas 11 press conference kicks off at 4PM ET — the official embed can be found above.
Update: In a last minute change of plans, the UFC opted not to have Woodley or Covington appear at the press conference, opting instead to feature the supporting stars. The about-face came just a day after the UFC was promoting the duo as being the focus of the presser.
— UFC (@ufc) September 16, 2020