Throwback | Let’s take a look back at one of UFC Superstar Colby Covington’s pivotal moments of his current vicious streak in the UFC as he took on one of the hottest prospects in the UFC Max Griffin and viciously beat him to a bloody pulp.
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Colby Covington (CUH-ving-tun; born February 22, 1988) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is currently ranked #3 in the official UFC Welterweight rankings. Covington was born in Rocklin, California, and moved with his family to Springfield, Oregon at the age of 11. Covington wrestled at Thurston High School, lettering all four years and winning the state championship as a senior. After winning the 2006 state championship at 171 pounds he committed to Arizona State. He didn’t have good enough test scores to make it in Tempe, however, so he went on to attend Iowa Central Community College, where he went 34-0 as a freshman and won an NJCAA wrestling championship. His roommate at the time was future two-time UFC light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones.
Following his success at a junior college, Colby went on to attend The University of Iowa, where lettered one year as a redshirt sophomore at 165 pounds. After the DUI arrest, Covington was suspended from the Iowa program. He redshirted his sophomore year, then saw limited action in 2008-09, going 9-2 at 165 pounds. His Hawkeye career never got started. After brief stint at Iowa, Covington returned to his native Oregon and enrolled at Oregon State University. Covington was highly decorated as a Beaver, becoming an All-American, two-time Pac-10 champion, and finishing 5th at the 2011 NCAA tournament.
Covington made his promotional debut against Anying Wang on August 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 48. He won the fight by submission due to strikes in the closing seconds of the first round. Covington faced Wagner Silva on November 8, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 56. He won the fight via submission in the third round. Covington next faced Mike Pyle on May 23, 2015 at UFC 187, replacing an injured Sean Spencer. He won the fight via unanimous decision. Covington faced Warlley Alves on December 12, 2015 at UFC 194. He lost the fight via submission in the first round. Covington was expected to face Alex Garcia on June 18, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 89.
However, Garcia was pulled from the fight on June 10 for undisclosed reasons and replaced by promotional newcomer Jonathan Meunier. Covington won the fight via submission in the third round. Covington next faced promotional newcomer Max Griffin on August 20, 2016 at UFC 202. He won the fight via TKO in the third round. Covington next faced Bryan Barberena on December 17, 2016 at UFC on Fox 22. He won the fight by unanimous decision. Covington faced Dong Hyun Kim on June 17, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 111. He won the fight by unanimous decision.