Las Vegas, NV – Losing his third career UFC title shot welterweight Colby Covington held strong to his belief that he’ll be around long enough to get another shot at the belt following his loss at UFC 296.
“I need to get my timing back and I will. I’ll go back to work I know what I need to work on. I held back a lot in that fight,” Covington told reporters including Cageside Press at his post-fight scrum on Saturday.
“I don’t even feel like I was in a fight. Feels like I just was in f*cking a practice round. I’m a lot better than that. I’m still 35-years-young and my best is yet to come.”
“He didn’t surprise me at all. I thought I had rounds 3, 4 and 5. Started out a little slow in the first two rounds, but those rounds still felt like toss up rounds. He’s the champion so I know I had to go out there and take it from him,” said Covington.
One of the big talking points going into Saturday’s fight was Covington speaking on Edwards’ late father. The welterweight champion threw a water bottle at Covington following his comments.
“Why would I have sympathy for a sex trafficker. Someone who’s impacted and hurt a lot of people’s lives? The truth always stings the worst in the world. I don’t feel about that at all. Let’s talk about all the victims that he left behind that are surviving of the trauma and the turmoil that he put these people’s lives through. Why would I feel bad for a criminal,” he said.
The fight had barely been over for about 20 minutes before Covington set his sights on his next target.
“There’s a guy that’s been talking a lot of sh*t to me in the media, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Everybody thinks he’s a nice guy. He’s had a lot to say about me so I’d love to see him say that to me in the cage, in the octagon,” Covington said.
“Oh he was just saying some stuff before the fight. ‘Oh he’s going to get his jaw broke, oh this and that’. He’s always talking sh*t throwing shade so I’d love to see him say it to my face.”
Watch the entire post-fight scrum with Colby Covington above.