Colby Covington is not an American Prime Group fighter.
The previous UFC interim welterweight champion advised The Rating on Wednesday he has parted methods together with his longtime health club in Coconut Creek, Fla. The information comes after Covington (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) was faraway from the fighters web page on the American Prime Group web site earlier within the week.
“I’m not a member of American Prime Group in Coconut Creek,” Covington advised The Rating. “I’m a member of Colby Covington, Inc. I’m a member of Colby Covington enterprise and Colby Covington crew.
“Now you can direct your complaints at me. All of the individuals going to Dan Lambert and American Prime Group directing their complaints, up of their emotions: ‘I’m a professional fighter, however I’m going to going to Dan Lambert. “Hey, Dan, I don’t need to struggle him within the cage as a result of I do know I can’t beat him, however are you able to defend my valuable little emotions?”‘”
Covington has had a protracted beef with a number of American Prime Group fighters together with Jorge Masvidal and Dustin Poirier.
The 32-year-old fighter had no good issues to say about Masvidal and Poirier, however did specific gratitude towards American Prime Group founder and proprietor Dan Lambert, in addition to the coaches and workers.
“I respect Dan Lambert greater than something on the planet – that man could have my respect until the day I die,” Covington mentioned. “I owe that man all the pieces. He gave me a possibility 9 years in the past to return prepare at his health club full-time, have meals, cash and a spot to dwell. He by no means left me out within the chilly. He at all times gave me the chance. So I’m very grateful for my time there. He’s nonetheless a buddy, he’s nonetheless a mentor, however I fulfilled my money owed there.
“We received collectively a world title, however I used to be additionally capable of do one thing for him that no different fighter goes to do – and that’s take him to the White Home. So we had a fantastic relationship collectively. He did rather a lot for me and I’m grateful I used to be capable of give him one thing again.”
Covington mentioned there’s no unwell will towards American Prime Group and mentioned it was strictly a enterprise determination. Covington additionally mentioned the health club’s implementation of the “zero tolerance” coverage for trash-talking in March influenced his determination to go away the health club.
Covington plans on conserving lots of his coaching companions and coaches, however with none affiliation to American Prime Group. The UFC welterweight contender doesn’t plan to go away South Florida to go elsewhere to proceed coaching.
Covington was final seen in motion in December at UFC 245, the place he misplaced to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman with a fifth-round TKO. The loss snapped a seven-fight wining streak for Covington.