UFC Star Slams LeBron James: ‘Spineless Coward’

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Getty LeBron James argues with referee Brian Forte #45 in the second quarter of their game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on October 18, 2018 in Portland, Oregon.

On Saturday night, top UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington took aim at NBA superstar LeBron James after the fighter’s victory in the main event of UFC Fight Night 178. “Chaos” defeated former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley by fifth-round TKO and during the post-fight interview with commentator Jon Anik, Covington called James a “spineless coward.”

Covington is a known Republican who has met President Donald Trump on several occasions, including when he won the interim welterweight belt at UFC 225 and brought it to the Oval Office. Speaking with Anik, Chaos took the time to make a political statement in support of Donald Trump and dedicated his victory to the United States military and first responders.

He said, “Ladies and gentlemen, the silent majority is ready to make some noise. If you thought that was a beating, wait until November 3 when Donald Trump gets his hands on sleepy Joe [Biden]. That’s going to be a landslide.”

“I want to dedicate this fight to all the first responders, all the military out there,” Chaos continued. “This world would not be safe without you guys, you keep us safe.”

Covington then turned his attention to LeBron James and his UFC rivals, current welterweight champ Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal. He said, “Not these athletes, man. I’m sick of these woke athletes and these spineless cowards like LeBron James. And speaking of spineless cowards, Marty Fake Newsman, Street Judas, we got unfinished business. There’s nowhere to run and there’s nowhere to hide. I’m coming for you, you’re next!”

Watch Covington’s interview below:

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Covington Received a Phone Call From Trump During a Live Interview After His Fight

While being interviewed by UFC’s Megan Olivi after his victory over Woodley, Covington received a phone call from Trump. During the call, Trump congratulated Chaos on his performance and victory and told the fighter that he was proud of him.

At one point, Trump said to Chaos, “I’m your fan, you’re my fan. Two of a kind.”

During the conversation, an elated Covington thanked the president multiple times and told him that he would bring the welterweight title to the Oval Office. Watch the conversation below:

Later on Saturday night, Covington tweeted, “Nothing makes me prouder than fighting for the people who fight for America!!! THANK YOU to all the brave men and women of law enforcement and the military!!! Thank You [Donald Trump] for all the love and support!! The silent majority is ready to make some noise November 3rd!!”


A Fight With Either Masvidal or Leon Edwards Next Makes Sense for Covington

With his victory over the No. 5 ranked Woodley, Covington will likely stay in his No. 2 spot in the welterweight division. Usman has been linked to No. 1 ranked Gilbert Burns and Covington will likely need to earn another victory before he gets a shot at gold.

Two opponents make sense for Chaos, depending on the direction the UFC goes. Covington and Masvidal, who are former training partners out of American Top Team in Florida, have a heated rivalry and could put on a show for the fans. However, Masvidal has also been linked to a rematch with Nate Diaz, according to several reports. A fight has not been officially announced.

If Gamebred fights Diaz, Covington could then step inside the Octagon against No. 3 ranked Leon Edwards. “Rocky” is on an eight-fight win streak and the winner of the bout could be the next title contender behind Burns.

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