UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington’s ties to President Donald Trump only grew more powerful Tuesday night.
Refreshing off his victory around Tyron Woodley in the key event of UFC on ESPN+ 36 on Sept. 19, Covington attended the first discussion of the 2020 marketing campaign year as a visitor of the president.
Covington was on hand for the discussion concerning Trump and previous Vice President Joe Biden, which was held at the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion on the campus of Circumstance Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Covington has been an outspoken supporter of Trump throughout his rise up the UFC ranks and is almost never noticed in community devoid of putting on one of Trump’s trademarked purple caps. In August 2018, although holding the UFC interim championship, Covington frequented Trump at the White Residence.
The romantic relationship has only developed closer in latest months as the campaign has heated up. Covington was section of a contingent of UFC fighters, which incorporated company president Dana White, at a Trump marketing campaign rally Sept. 13 in Henderson, Nev.
Then, immediately after Covington concluded Woodley by way of fifth-spherical TKO six days later, Woodley fielded a cellphone call live on ESPN+ from Trump, who told him, “I’m your enthusiast you’re my lover. Two of a kind.” Covington ignited controversy later on that evening by contacting Woodley a “communist” and referring to Black Life Make any difference customers as “criminals.”