Covington showed his true colors when he distastefully called out Usman's claim that he is the first Nigerian-born champion in the competition. The basis of his argument? That Usman was born in Dallas and attended college in Nebraska.
"The thing that pisses me off the most about ‘Marty Fakenewsman’ is saying that he’s more American than me," Covington told MMA Fighting ahead of the fight. "How is he more American than me? My family has served in the Korean War, in the Vietnam War, my family has shed blood for that flag, for the red, white and blue of America. What has his family ever done for America beside serve in the Federal penitentiary?"
Unfortunately, Covington's diatribe was far from over.
"That’s why he got the name ‘Marty Fakenewsman’ because everything he says is all lies. He’s out here claiming to be the first Nigerian-born, African champion. He was born in Dallas. He went to college in Nebraska. He was wiping the mats at the Olympic training center in Colorado, and now he lives in Boca Raton. There ain’t no Nigerian nightmares in Boca. The only things in Boca are early bird specials," Covington continued.
We'd like to say we're surprised by these comments -- which are borderline racist and flat out erroneous, by the way -- but they are simply par for the course with Covington.
Usman was, in fact, born in Nigeria and we, in fact, will be pulling for him to make Covington wish he hadn't disrespect his native country in the Octagon tonight.