After his interim welterweight title win over Rafael dos Anjos this past weekend at UFC 225, it looked like the dust had settled between Colby Covington and RDA. But just a few days after, Covington has accused dos Anjos of cheating in their title fight.
Covington thinks that before his fight on Saturday night, RDA was greasing himself up to try and make it harder for ‘Chaos’ to take him down and keep hold of him. The new interim 170-pound champion spoke to BJPenn.com radio about this last Sunday.
“The gameplan was just beat him up. You know, strike, beat him up, take him down, beat him up. I know I’m the most well-rounded fighter on the planet. The UFC’s never seen someone like me.
“You don’t know how good I am until you’re in there with me. It’s a whole different level, so you know I knew I was going to beat him up on my feet. I was gonna take him down and beat him up, but my takedowns weren’t as effective because he was definitely greasing. He was 100% greased. Usually, when I get those body locks behind you, there’s no way to slip out, but I could feel him slipping off, you know. He’s just another filthy animal, cheater greaser.”
Another fighter accused of greasing at UFC 225 was Claudia Gadelha. Like Covington, Gadelha’s opponent Carla Esparza said that during the fight her hands kept slipping off of Gadelha. Greasing is certainly not a new problem to MMA, with fighters like Georges St-Pierre and Lyoto Machida also coming under fire for it in the past.
“I think before the fight he was putting [on] the coconut butter, whatever they do, and then the baby oil or whatever I’ve heard of, so he definitely was doing it, because I tried a couple shots on his legs and literally my hands slipped from up on his top leg to like his ankle, and he was like, able to slither through on somebody locks that I had, and it’s not sweat.
“I mean, I train every single day, I’ve wrestled my whole life, I know grips and I know positions and I know when you’re body is extra sweaty and greasy, and 100%, when I was shooting a couple takedowns, I could feel the grease on his back and on his legs.”
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