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Martial Artists without self control?

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“He who has power over himself has power over his greatest enemy.”

Matshona Dhliwayo

Colby Covington has been stealing headlines left and right lately. Is he just a loose cannon or is there something else in play?

Love him or hate him (most hate, lol), Colby “Chaos” Covington has been getting a lot of publicity lately. True to his fight name, he has been stirring the waters and making it really muddy.

He was spotted taunting Kamaru Usman before his title fight in an open workout with a megaphone. Then he found Dana White in a casino and questioned him why he wasn’t fighting for the title, and took a video of his car in the valet afterwards. He was next spotted cage side making a ruckus as well. And this is not including all of the smack he has talked on social media.

Needless to say, he has been making a lot of enemies. A lot of people thought he was going to be done for after following Dana White and putting him on camera during a private game in a casino.

I didn’t.

To my estimation, he is playing everyone. Yes, everyone knows he is playing a heel (pro wrestling term for the bad guy). But people find him annoying, and think he is doing a bad job of it.

I think he is purposefully being an annoying and over-the-top cringey heel for just that reason. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, give a look at his Instagram profile:

You see what I mean? It’s so bad, that is hard to look at without cringing, lol.

But he is successfully getting under people’s skin – including his opponents. It is a form of mental warfare that seems to be working out for him. Despite the fact that everyone thought he was going to get cut from the UFC, he has just gotten the title shot against new UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

And Usman has already shown he and his camp are heated. Below is a link to a video that shows Usman’s camp getting physical and causing a scene at a buffet line after he won the title:

Notice how Colby is completely disengaging. He didn’t swing back or get physical. He is purely in it for promotion purposes and to get his title shot. He isn’t letting his ego get in the way and trying to really fight. To me, he is in complete control here. This is a controlled “chaos” he is brewing for his benefit, and by causing his enemies to lose their tempers and get emotional, he is winning this battle of the mind.


What do you think? Do you agree or disagree?

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