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UFC: Covington accuses Usman of cheating

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COLBY Covington went on an expletive-laden rant criticising his opponent and the referee as he discussed his defeat to Kamaru Usman last December.

  The 32-year-old’s fight with Usman for the UFC welterweight title was stopped in the fifth round.

  Kamaru Usman beat Colby Covington in December.

  The California-based fighter claimed that his opponent faked injury to get some rest time and that it was a poor stoppage, even though it was later revealed that Covington had broken his jaw.

  He told BT Sport: “Going into the fight, I’ve got to be smart with who I pick my ref you know Marc Goddard completely unfair to me, man.

  “I kicked him in the liver and he’s about to fold like a lawn chair and quit the fight and be done but ‘ohhh my nuts’.

  “He faked the nut shot. On the replay it obviously showed it was clearly in his liver. His organs were hurting and he just wanted a five minute break and that’s what he got.

  “He got another break with the fake eye poke. He’s holding his eye on the other eye. I touched his left eye and he’s holding his right eye for five minutes to give a break.

  “The ending was a very quick stoppage. I told Marc ‘I’m good, I’m good’. I was totally defending the back of my head and all of a sudden he stops it with five shot to the back of my head.

  After defeating Tyron Woodley last weekend, via  a technical knockout loss Saturday before his opponent Colby Covington started calling out some of UFC’s most prominent fighters.

  The one-time welterweight champion name-checked Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal as he jumped around the ring in celebration while shouting about getting his belt back.

  Usman defeated Covington via TKO (punches) for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 245 last December, marking just the second loss for Covington since turning pro. But that was before Covington left American Top Team to start training on his own last May.

  Preparing for fights without a renowned gym and coaching staff behind him has the southpaw as hungry as ever.

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