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UFC News: Colby Covington to use Kurt Angle’s entrance music this weekend at UFC on ESPN 5

178   //    02 Aug 2019, 20:08 IST

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What’s the story?

According to ESPN’s resident MMA expert Ariel Helwani, Colby Covington has reached out to former WWE wrestler Kurt Angle to use his theme music at UFC on ESPN 5 this weekend in Newark, New Jersey.

In case you didn’t know…

Covington has styled himself as the bad guy of MMA over the last year or so, and will step into the cage against UFC legend Robbie Lawler this weekend.

Angle’s music became renowned in the world of professional wrestling, where fans would playfully chant ‘you s**k!’ in time with the music. It appears that Covington is looking to use the well-known theme to garner an even bigger reaction from the crowd than was already expected.

The heart of the matter

When discussing Colby’s unique style of self-promotion, Ariel Helwani revealed details of how Covington approached the WWE legend for permission to use his tune.

“He has reached out, through a friend, to Kurt Angle, the former WWE Champion, whose theme song was very popular while he was an active wrestler. It was popular because fans loved to chant ‘You s**k!’ in the middle of the theme song.
"So the song would go something like ‘dun da da dun dun, you s**k, you s**k’ – the fans just couldn’t help themselves. He has asked Kurt if he can use that song because he wants people to chant ‘You s**k!’ as he makes his way to the cage. So that’s a guy who clearly is very comfortable being booed.”

Although Helwani has been fairly vague in his description of events, MMA and wrestling fans have immediately concluded that WWE and Bellator star Bobby Lashley was the mutual friend who brokered the deal - Lashley is a former American Top Team training partner of Covington’s and a colleague of Angle’s at WWE.

What’s next?

Covington will be looking to cement himself as the number one contender in the welterweight division this weekend as he faces off against Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC on ESPN 5.

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