Colby Covington, who won the interim welterweight UFC championship on Saturday night, said that he is going to visit the White House, unlike the “Filthadelphia Eagles.”
“I’m going to do what a real American should do. I’m bringing this belt to the White House and I’m putting it on Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE’s desk,” Covington said in a post-fight interview.
Covington — who is known for his trash talking — went after the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, whom Trump disinvited to the White House last week after only a small Eagles contingent said they could attend. Trump cited differences with players concerning their stance on kneeling in protest during the National Anthem.
“I told everybody I was going to make the welterweight division great again and now I am going to celebrate like a real American should … unlike the Filthadelphia Eagles disrespecting our country’s flag by kneeling for the national anthem,” Covington said in a press conference after the fight.
On Sunday, Covington said on Twitter that the next stop for his gold belt would be the White House with Trump.
Melted that soy boy and made the welterweight division great again! Next stop for this gold belt, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. with President @realDonaldTrump! #ufc225 #nerdbash2018 #maga pic.twitter.com/QFPK3dMbDr— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) June 10, 2018
And in an interview with Fox Sports, Covington reiterated his self-invitation to the White House while butting heads with retired UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
"Do you have an invite to go to the White House or is that just another figment of your imagination, like being champ?" Bisping asked Covington.
"The only figment of my imagination is that you must not be seeing right with that one eye," Covington replied, referring to Bisping’s disfigured eye that resulted from a 2013 fight.
Turn sound on. Grab some popcorn. You're welcome. pic.twitter.com/8q2QxCvXxL— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) June 10, 2018
UFC President Dana White said at a post-fight press conference that he could likely arrange for Covington to take his belt to the White House.