UFC welterweight Colby Covington has completed the milestone of 50 clean U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug tests. Covington is a big advocate for ‘fighting clean’ and will be glad to have this achievement under his belt.
As such, the UFC announced on Sunday that #2 ranked Covington (12-3 UFC) has reached the testing threshold. Naturally, a feat of this nature warrants an honor. “Congratulations to @ColbyCovMMA for his 50th clean test under the USADA program”.
Congratulations to @ColbyCovMMA for his 5️⃣0️⃣th clean test under the USADA program 💪👏 pic.twitter.com/uHSO6rUyXO
— UFC (@ufc) January 29, 2023
According to USADA’s database, “Chaos” has been tested 52 times in total. Previously, the UFC partnered with USADA for its testing program nearly eight years ago. As for Colby, he turned in one test in 2015, four tests in 2016, five tests in 2017, twelve tests in 2018, eight tests in 2019, six tests in 2020, seven tests in 2021, and nine tests in 2022.
Notably, Colby’s last outing was a dominant unanimous decision win over best friend-turned-foe Jorge Masvidal. Following the win at UFC 272 last March, Covington was ambushed by Masvidal outside a Miami steakhouse and sustained several injuries, including a broken tooth.
Ever since the incident, the American fighter has stayed out of the public eye for the most part. Moreover, UFC president Dana White previously teased a fight between Covington and Khamzat Chimaev. Despite talks of a move to 185 lbs, it appears that Chimaev will try to collect the 170 lbs title first.
Has Colby Covington ever tested positive for steroids?
According to the records and media reports, there are no indications that Covington has ever tested positive for an illegal substance. However, he is the first name that comes when you look for Kamaru Usman‘s records. Calling him the “CEO of EPO” and “Marty Juiceman”, Colby has often expressed his suspicions about Usman using PEDs.
Despite Usman never testing positive, Covington has been adamant that the former champ is using PEDs. Ahead of their fight at UFC 245, Covington revealed that the fight was in fact postponed from UFC 244, as Usman needed the time to ensure a clean test.
Further, Colby even blamed the USADA for not testing Usman on purpose. According to him, the USADA works for the UFC and thus would not jeopardize the event by testing and failing Kamaru’s test. Although Covington has been persistent with his accusations, Usman was tested the same times as Colby, without any irregularities.
In the lead-up to his showdown against Jorge Masvidal, he accused American Top Team coach Mike Brown of using PEDs. ‘Chaos’ alleged that Brown, a retired UFC featherweight and former WEC champion was a “druggie” and used GHB (Gamma-hydroxybutyrate). Coach Brown has since come out and denied the allegations made by Covington.
Do you believe Covington was right about any of his accusations? What did you make of his achievement? When do you think we’ll be seeing him step inside the Octagon again? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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