RIO DE JANEIRO – Warlley Alves is the only fighter in MMA who can boast about holding a victory over Colby Covington, but beating the outspoken UFC welterweight contender just once isn’t enough to satisfy him.
Alves’ (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) goal is to get his hands on Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) again, whether it’s immediately or further down the line. He defeated “Chaos” with a guillotine choke in just 86 seconds during their first encounter at UFC 194 in December 2015, but apparently that wasn’t enough to humble Covington.
Since that fight, Covington, No. 4 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, has gone on a run toward the top of the weight class on the back of some big wins and a whole lot of trash-talk. Covington fights Rafael dos Anjos (28-9 MMA, 17-7 UFC) for the interim UFC welterweight title at UFC 225 in June, and because of that, he’s out of range for Alves as a logical next opponent.
Alves earned a second-round TKO victory over Sultan Aliev at UFC 224 on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro. Following the UFC Fight Pass-streamed preliminary-card bout at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, he called out Covington and then elaborated.
“I have one difference with Colby Covington because he comes in my country; he says many, many things,” Alves told MMAjunkie after UFC 224. “I don’t like him. I want to punch your face again. I want to break your face again. That’s it. He says a fight with me is easy money. It’s money. A fight with me is money. So, I’m coming for you. For me, he’s the ‘Fake Chaos.’ He’s the ‘Fake Chaos’ Covington. Because he’s a fake. Really, he’s a fake. He’s not stronger, not fast – nothing. He’s a fake.”
Covington’s antics have sparked widespread backlash. He was involved in a boomerang attack with former UFC champ Fabricio Werdum in November and had his interim title fight with dos Anjos relocated from Rio de Janeiro to Chicago due to security concerns, among other issues.
From Alves’ perspective, fighters don’t have to get along outside the octagon. He said there are degrees of respect that should be shown, though, and when Covington repeatedly calls Brazilian people “filthy animals” or worse, he said that must come with repercussions.
“I’m coming for him,” Alves said. “I’ll break your face again. He says a lot of things, so much (expletive) about my country. I respect other countries. For me, United States is amazing. For me, Donald Trump is the best president of the world. I respect so much this country, the USA. He not respect nothing. I want to fight again. I want to break your face again.”
Alves understands that he’s not currently likely to get his rematch with Covington. Like him or not, Covington is a top contender and could soon be wearing a UFC belt. Alves, meanwhile, is still looking to climb the ranks and break into title contention.
Regardless of how long it takes, though, Alves said he’s determined to fight Covington again in the future. He was able to beat him once, and though Covington said he was injured for that fight, Alves is certain of a repeat performance.
“He will fight with me,” Alves said. “In one year, two year, 10 years – I will fight with him again. It’s not important if it’s the next fight or 10 fights (from now), but it’s important that I fight with him again.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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