Dana White (left), COlby Covington (right). Photos: MMAnytt, Kamil Krzaczynski USA Today Sports

Dana White reveals issues booking next Colby Covington fight

“I told you, you hear a lot of things publicly, but then you see the reality..."

There are several reasons that deals with the UFC can fall through. Payment is currently a hot issue, but dates, locations and other factors can all play a part as well. Despite Colby Covington clamouring for a new fight, UFC president Dana White claims that the welterweight isn’t as keen to sign a contract.

“I told you, you hear a lot of things publicly, but then you see the reality, whether the fights happen or not,” White said of Covington on the Schmozone podcast. “You get a lot of chatter and a lot of noise, but one of things you should know by now about me is that guys have deals, I try to get fights done.”

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White then went on, comparing the difficulty of dealing with Covington to that of Tito Ortiz and Brock Lesnar – Two fighters who the UFC president claimed were notoriously hard to deal with.

“I’ve dealt with the toughest guys in the business from the Brock Lesnar’s to the Tito Ortiz’s,” White said. “You name it. The guys that are the tough ones deal with, and I’ve always gotten fights done. So, when you see someone talking publicly and the fight doesn’t happen… ”

Covington has been linked to a bout with longtime rival Tyron Woodley on several occasions, though nothing has materialised. Even Leon Edwards has thrown his name in the hat, expressing interest to face Covington.

Covington has a brash persona, but based on what White is saying, the controversial welterweight isn’t backing up his words.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for MMAnytt.com