UFC president Dana White is a longtime friend and supporter of US president Donald Trump, and on Wednesday he was at the White House to meet Trump, as well as present him a UFC belt.
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) August 2, 2018
White spoke at the Republican National Convention back in 2016, endorsing Trump as the party’s official Presidential nominee. After the election, White later called him “such a good guy” and that they still communicate with each other twice a month.
Here is Covington pictured with President Trump, with the belt around Trump’s shoulder.
Like @POTUS @realDonaldTrump always says: Promises made. Promises kept. Pleasure to finally meet you Mr. President. Thank you for always putting America first! #maga #GreatAmericanWinningMachine pic.twitter.com/yYZWkdd5wS
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) August 2, 2018
According to Damon Martin of FloCombat, UFC Hall-of-Famer Matt Hughes and American Top Team’s Dan Lambert also attended the meeting in Washington DC. Per Martin’s sources, “Covington got 30 minutes with President Trump, meeting the commander in chief right after Senator Lindsey Graham. The two shared stories about the fight business and even chatted about Trump’s own amateur wrestling background.”
Covington won the UFC interim championship with a unanimous decision over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225. He is due to be stripped of that title once current champ Tyron Woodley and Darren Till fight at UFC 228 in September. Covington is then expected to fight the winner of Woodley-Till, albeit sans interim belt.
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