Colby Covington capped off his victory over Tyrone Woodley at UFC Vegas 11 with a call from President Donald Trump.
Just minutes after he got his TKO in the fifth round in the main event, Covington was interviewing on the UFC post-fight show when his phone was delivered with Trump on the other end of the line.
Trump told Covington, “You’re a great fighter.” “You make it look so easy. I don’t know how to do that. Congratulations, I wanted to watch that fight tonight. You were awesome.”
Covington appeared at a Trump rally last weekend in Henderson, Nevada, where the former interim champ joined UFC President Dana White alongside fellow fighters Henry Segudo and Justin Ghaithji as well as manager Ali Abdulaziz.
After the gathering, Covington posted a video with Trump promoting his upcoming fight against Woodley at UFC Vegas 11.
According to Trump, he finished another rally on Saturday and then made it to TV just in time to watch Covington defeat Woodley from Las Vegas.
This was an easy job, and a relatively easy job. Trump said. “I just gave a big speech, I had 35,000 people, and I said I want to go home now to see Colby. That was quick work.
“I’m proud of you. I’m a big fan and I’m proud of you. You’re tough. You’re a thing. I appreciate yelling tonight too. I like you, you like me. Two of a kind.”
Covington, who has become friends with the entire Trump family over the past two years, dropped the president’s name in his first post-fight comments when speaking to John Annick during the event.
He then paid tribute to Trump again when he spoke to him on the phone during the post-fight show.
Covington said: “Thank you, Mr. President.” “You gave me dragon energy when I shook my hand on Sunday at Rallye.”
Covington ended his conversation with Trump by promising to win the welterweight title at the Ultimate Fighting Championship and then hand it over to him at the White House. Covington previously visited Trump in the Oval Office after winning the interim title in 2018.