‘He is a sweetheart’ – Colby Covington’s bad guy persona blown up by UFC Vegas 71 fighter

Colby Covington has been branded a 'good guy' by UFC Vegas 71 fighter Priscila Cachoeira, despite his anti-Brazilian antics.

By: Lucas Rezende | 1 month ago
‘He is a sweetheart’ – Colby Covington’s bad guy persona blown up by UFC Vegas 71 fighter
Colby Covington plays a bad guy on TV. IMAGO/Zuma Wire

UFC strawweight Priscila Cachoeira is having the best time of her career in the Octagon right now. After a rough start in 2018, the Brazilian came to the verge of getting released before finding her footing and scoring knockout victories that helped ‘Zombie Girl’ keep her job.

Now that Cachoeira has the chance to put together a three-fight winning streak with another win next Saturday, Priscila sees that as the opportunity she needs to make a change in her career. Which is why that the Brazilian wants all the help she can get in order to achieve her goal. Surprisingly, Colby Covington seems to be the man to do that.

Colby Covington a dear friend to Priscila Cachoeira

In an interview with Ag Fight, Cachoeira revealed that she has been getting help from controversial UFC welterweight Colby Covington, who Priscila revealed will be in her corner this weekend. Though the former interim champion is not the most-well liked personality in the business due to his inflammatory remarks and political stances, the Brazilian guarantees ‘Chaos’ only does that for the media.

“I didn’t want to say. It was supposed to be a surprise, but he is coming this time, yes. He’s going to be in my corner. Colby is an excellent friend, he’s always texting me. ‘How are you? Disciplined? How is the diet going?’ All of his coaches are Brazilian, like me. All that (the trash talk) is business. As a person, he is a sweetheart. A helpful guy, always willing to help. He’s going to be there with me. He’s going to add to positive energy. We communicate by just looking at each other. I’m sure he’s going to win that belt and pretty soon I will, too.”

Priscila Cachoeira hopes a win over Silva puts her in top 15

Paired up against fellow Brazilian Karine Silva, Priscila expects many submission attempts from her opponent, who already has six sub victories on her professional record. Nonetheless, Cachoeira guarantees she is prepared for anything that could happen in the fight. In fact, Zombie Girl hopes that a win over her fellow countrywoman may be the ticket to the her division’s top 15.

“I know Karine. She’s an excellent jiu-jitsu fighter. She likes to go for it. I’m very well-trained, though. I’ve got an amazing team, MMA Masters. Daniel Valverde, he’s a jiu-jistu legend. Cesar Carneiro, he’s a beast when it comes to striking. All of my coaches are. We’re going to showcase what we’ve been working on. We’ve been keeping it a secret for a while, but the time to show it has come. I’m focused on the rankings if I win, for sure. It’s to aim at the top. A more polished Priscila will be come into action.”

We’ll see how well Cachoeira does on Saturday night and whether having Colby Covington in her corner helps.

Priscila Cachoeira is in the best grove of her UFC career

Most recently, Cachoeira (12-4) has won four of her last five outings, including three knockouts. The 34-year-old was able to put away Ariane Lipski, Gina Mazany and Shana Dobson, while beating Kim Ji-Yeon via unanimous decision. Priscila’s latest loss took place in December 2021, when she got submitted by another ground specialist in Gillian Robertson.

Meanwhile. Silva (15-4) will look for her second straight win in the promotion, following a successful debut June 2022, when she tapped out Poliana Botelho via brabo choke. The 29-year-old earner a UFC contract following another submission win on Contender Series, when choked out Qihui Yan with a guillotine in October 2021. Her latest loss dates back to May 2019, when she dropped a unanimous decision to Dione Lima.

Now, Priscila Cachoeira is expected to face Karine Silva at UFC Vegas 71, on April 22, at the UFC Apex. The card is scheduled to be headlined by a heavyweight bout between contenders Curtis Blaydes and Sergey Pavlovich.

Her friend Colby Covington is yet to book his next fight. At UFC 286 he served as surprise back-up fighter for the UFC welterweight title fight between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman.

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Lucas Rezende
Lucas Rezende

Lucas Rezende is a Brazilian journalist and writer from Belem, Para. He has been covering MMA since 2012 and contributing with Bloody Elbow since March 2015. When not writing, Lucas also teaches English. In his free time, he enjoys reading, slapping the bass guitar and traveling.

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