Welterweight rivals Usman and Covington engaged in a terrifyingly aggressive staredown ahead of their rematch on Saturday in New York, causing notoriously hard-headed UFC president Dana White to let out a bark as he separated the scrappers.
Dressed in a garish purple and light blue suit, Covington strode towards champion Usman, who was wearing a leopard print-style suit, on a stage in front of a baying crowd.
After the pair played out an intense head-to-head, Usman appeared to motion towards challenger Covington in a move that caused an explosive reaction, with each fighter being pulled away.
“I’m crying at the sound Dana made and his face,” said one fan, sharing the footage of the fight boss attempting to keep a semblance of peace.
Much as they may not like to admit any shared ground, Usman and Colvington do have one experience in common.
On his way to his US presidential defeat last November, former Republican leader Trump publicly recognized both hardmen at his characteristically set piece-laden rallies.
“Everybody knows he cheated. Everyone saw him fake an eye poke and a groin injury to get the ref to stop the fight when he was cornered by Colby and getting his ass kicked.
“You can literally go back and watch the faked injuries in slow motion, but we all have to pretend he won anyway.”
She then appeared to resurface the discredited, Republican-led row over the validity of the presidential election results.
“Fake President of the United States,” thundered Owens, adding the American flag. “Fake Champ. Colby all day.”
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