Colby Covington has largely stayed quiet after his fifth round TKO loss to Kamaru Usman on Saturday night, other than to chastise the referee for stopping the fight, but American Top Team owner Dan Lambert says the fighter is still as confident as ever.
“He is a 10 out of 10 as far as what I would hope his mindset would be after a fight like that,” Lambert told mmafighting.com. “He wants to get right back in. He wants to get right back into training. He wants to get back into training as soon as he’s ready health wise. He wants to get back and prove that he’s the best.
“You never know how a fighter’s going to respond to something like that. When I first talked to him, I had my concerns cause you just never know. I could not have scripted his response any better than what I heard from him. He’s 1,000 percent positive, 1,000 percent motivated. He’s ready to go. He didn’t lose one piece of confidence in himself.”
Lambert also stated that despite Covington’s loss, he believes that his performance and the fact he fought on for three rounds with a broken jaw has only elevated his status in the fight game.
“It was a hell of a fight,” Lambert said. “Both those guys, I think both their stock went up after a fight like that, which is typically something you don’t say after a fight. Both guys proved they had balls of steel and cardio for days. I give credit to both of them.”