Ben Askren Says Colby Covington Is A Real Dipsh*t (2020)
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[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED MARCH 13, 2020, 9:17 PM]
AUTHOR: FERNANDO QUILES JR.
TITLE: Ben Askren Says Colby Covington Is A Real Dipsh*t
Ben Askren says shtick or not, Colby Covington is a “dipsh*t”.
Askren and Covington have traded barbs in the past. Askren may be retired, but he still isn’t done firing verbal jabs at “Chaos.” While “Funky” isn’t denying Covington’s abilities inside the Octagon, he does believe the former interim UFC welterweight champion has strayed a lot.
Askren calls Covington a ‘Dipsh*t’ and a ‘terrible person’
Jordan Ellis from LowKickMMA.com spoke to Askren, who made it clear he had no respect for Covington as a person.
“Well, I think he’s a terrible person. I think it’s pretty well established, pretty much everywhere he’s been, people can’t stand him. I think it’s establishing itself at American Top Team and as a fighter. Well, he’s pretty good. He almost won a world title. He does a very good job of promoting himself. Although, you know, some people think it’s an act, but it’s not an act. He really is an asshole in real life.
It’s no secret that Covington’s MAGA shtick has drawn the ire of many. While some think it’s nothing more than a gimmick, it’s clear that Askren doesn’t hold that belief. What’s interesting is that Askren also leans into politics, but he just doesn’t like Covington.
Covington was last seen in action in December 2019. He challenged Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight championship. The fight was hotly contested and won MMA News’ 2019 Fight of the Year award. Usman ended up winning the fight via TKO in the fifth round.
As for Askren, he retired from the sport of MMA after a submission loss to Demian Maia. Askren ended his professional MMA career after holding Bellator and ONE Championship gold. He went 1-2 under the UFC banner.
Do you think Colby Covington is just playing his shtick or is he genuine?