Inside the Cage: Colby Covington’s Journey at Iowa Central Community College with Jon ‘Bones’ Jones and Cain Velasquez

Before his UFC 296 main event bout with Leon Edwards, Colby Covington sat down for an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.

During the interview, Covington revealed a different side of himself and had a candid conversation with Okamoto. A significant portion of the interview was focused on Covington’s path to his current position.

The discussion between the two revolved around Covington’s time in college. Covington began at Iowa Central Community College, then transferred to Oregon State, with a brief stint at Iowa State.

Regarding his experience at Iowa Central, Colby Covington stated:

Covington is often seen as a contentious figure and has garnered a lot of criticism on his way to the top. However, he has also labeled himself ‘The People’s Champ’ and was asked by Okamoto if he seeks the support of the fans.

In response, Covington expressed (11:57 of the same interview):

“I love the boos. I love people telling me that I can’t do something or doubting me. Doubters have always been my fuel, my motivation, proving them wrong. Everyone likes to put someone in a box and say what they’re capable of when they have no idea of their work ethic, when they have no idea of the sacrifices they’re making to achieve their dreams.”

Colby Covington will have his third opportunity to claim welterweight gold at UFC 296 on Saturday, December 16th, as he faces the current champion, Leon Edwards. This bout may serve as his final chance to secure the title, and so, ‘Chaos’ is undoubtedly determined to give his all in the octagon on fight night.