UFC Middleweight Champion Kamaru Usman is set to defend his title against Colby Covington at the upcoming UFC 245 pay-per-view. Before the event, in an interview with Kristine Leahy on Fair Game, Usman made it known that he did not support the ideals that Colby Covington has been known to push.
At the recent UFC 245 press conference, he took a shot at Covington.
Kamaru Usman opens up regarding issues with Colby Covington
Usman was clear that he did not appreciate the fact that Covington was spreading a political ideal that was dividing the United States. He reiterated that the country was built by immigrants, and it did not make sense to him to push immigrants out of the country.
“This country is built off of immigrants, so when did we get to the point where it’s like we need to divide, we need to push this immigrant out, or that immigrant, or separate, and so I feel like that’s what he’s pushing. That’s what he’s trying to say, and I need to let him know that I am more American than he is. I am absolutely more American than he is.”
Usman is an immigrant from Nigeria and he moved to America at a very young age. Since then, he has made a life for himself in the country. He went on to say that he had done everything right in the country and that he was more American than Colby Covington was.
“I did everything right. I didn’t cheat anybody. I didn’t lie, I didn’t do any of the things that they’re trying to say immigrants do. I didn’t do any of that. I paid my dues, and I got what he wanted. I’m sitting up here, and he’s down here looking up at me, so I need to remind him, I’m more American than he is. I’m the one living the American Dream.”
He went on to say what he meant by that, by talking about how Covington had led a life of privilege and did not know what it was like to struggle.
"He’s never experienced anything that I’ve experienced,” Usman said. “He’s never seen what I’ve seen. He’s never walked the path that I’ve walked. I feel like he’s a guy of privilege, so he feels like he should be the champion. He feels like he should be awarded these things.”
Usman and Covington have been clashing for some time now, with Usman and his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, even confronting Covington in a hotel buffet line leading to all three men being ejected and banned from the hotel.
The two will face each other on the 15th December PPV in the main event of the night.
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