UFC star Colby Covington stunned after UFC win, gets call from President Donald Trump
Former UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington demolished Tyron Woodley with a fifth-round stoppage in the main event on Sunday’s Vegas fight night.
Then he delivered one of the most bizarre post-fight interviews in history as he was interrupted by a phone call from US President Donald Trump.
Covington - a massive fan of Trump - was mid-sentence talking about the result when a member of his team handed him a phone with Trump on the line.
Covington said: “Oh the POTUS (President of the United States) is calling me! Mr President!”
Then, while wearing a signed red Trump hat, Covington turned on his phone’s speaker so everyone could hear the President speak.
Trump told him: “You are a great fighter, man. Outstanding. You make it look so easy. I don’t know how you do that. Congratulations.
“I wanted to watch that fight tonight. I wanted to watch it. You were great.”
Covington said: “Thank you so much Mr President. You gave me the dragon energy when you shook my hand on Sunday at your rally. It doesn’t matter if King Kong was in front of me, I was not going to lose after getting to shake your hand.”
“You weren’t going to lose,” Trump replied.
The President continued: “He’s a strong looking guy, he’s a tough guy. He’s a great fighter, he’s a champ. And that was easy work, relatively easy work for you. I’m proud of you man, I’m proud of you.
“I just made a big speech, I had 35,000 people. I said ‘I’ve got to get home now and watch Colby’.”
It’s not the first strange interaction between the duo. The pair met up last weekend and filmed a video for social media in which Covington appeared to try and kiss Trump’s hand after a handshake, only to change his mind.
Covington also posted on social media after the fight, thanking Trump for his support.
Colby Covington defeated Tyron Woodley via TKO (R5, 1:19)
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Khamzat Chimaev defeated Gerald Meerschaert via TKO (R1, 0:17)
Johnny Walker defeated Ryan Spann via TKO (R1, 2:43)
Mackenzie Dern defeated Randa Markos via submission (R1, 3:44)
Kevin Holland defeated Darren Stewart via split decision (28-29, 29-28 x 2)
David Dvorak defeated Jordan Espinosa via unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)
Damon Jackson defeated Mirsad Bektic via submission (R3, 1:21)
Mayra Bueno Silva defeated Mara Romero Borella via submission (R1, 2:29)
Jessica-Rose Clark defeated Sarah Alpar via TKO (R3, 4:21)
Darrick Minner defeated T.J. Laramie via submission (R1, 0:52)
Randy Costa defeated Journey Newson via KO (R1, 0:41)
Andre Ewell defeated Irwin Rivera via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)
Tyson Nam defeated Jerome Rivera via TKO (R2, 0:34)