Dana White Says Colby Covington Should Have Taken Title Shot When He Had The Chance

Colby Covington has been threatening to leave the UFC due to his annoyance at being overlooked for a title shot against Tyron Woodley at UFC 235, but it seems his words have fallen on deaf ears as far as Dana white is concerned.

“I haven’t heard one thing about Colby Covington,” White said at the UFC On ESPN+ 1 pre-fight press conference yesterday.

White then went on to make it clear that in his estimation Covington has nobody to blame but himself for the fact that he’s still not had a title fight yet.

“When opportunities pop up, take ’em,” White said. “When opportunity knocks, answer the door. Period, end of story.

“You can ask anybody who’s been on this stage for a long time, when we call, if you take the fight, you take the fight. And if you don’t, other people will. That’s how this thing goes. It keeps rolling. When we call and we make an offer, you take it. He didn’t.

“He’ll get another shot. It’s just not going to be when he wanted and when he thought it was coming. Usman went in there and fought that fight (vs. Rafael dos Anjos). I said that night, I wasn’t shy about it, ‘Usman looked good tonight. I’d actually like to see Usman versus Woodley,’ and we got it done.”

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