UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington will be stripped of his title soon, but he was able to take his belt to Donald Trump at the White House before that happens.
Covington promised that if he won the UFC interim welterweight title, he would personally present his belt to President Donald Trump.
After his unanimous decision win over Rafael dos Anjos in June at UFC 225, and before being stripped of his title, it seemed like the perfect time to show it to the U.S. President.
“I did everything I said I was going to do,” Covington said after UFC 225. “I told everybody I was going to make the welterweight division great again, and now I’m going to celebrate how a real American should celebrate winning a world a title, and that’s going to the White House to see Mr Donald Trump and put this on his desk, unlike the Filth-a-delphia Eagles disrespecting our flag and kneeling for the national anthem.”
All Smiles for Covington
Thanks to Dana White, Covington got his wish, as he finally presented his title to President Donald Trump in Washington D.C. On Wednesday, Covington stopped by the White House and met with the President.
According to the sources of Flocombat, Covington was able to spend about 30 minutes with President Trump inside the White House as he presented his UFC title. It is also reported that the two shared stories about the fight business, with Trump even sharing his amateur wrestling background.
Covington posted a picture on Instagram and wrote:
“Like President Donald Trump always says: promises made, promises kept,” Covington wrote on Twitter. “Pleasure to finally meet you, Mr. President. Thank you for always putting America first.”
White Kept His Word
After Covington expressed his desire to meet President Trump, White said he would arrange the meeting as he has a personal relationship with him.
Back in 2016, White endorsed Trump as the party’s official Presidential nominee. Even after the election, White said that they still communicate with each other twice a month.
As he made Covington’s wish a reality, he also met with the US President, in which the photo was posted by the Assistant to the President Dan Scavino Jr.
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@Scavino45) August 2, 2018
Covington is the First
As Covington got to meet face to face with President Trump, he now becomes the first fighter in UFC history to meet with a sitting U.S. President.
But still, he is due to be stripped of that title once current champ Tyron Woodley and Darren Till start their fight at UFC 228 in September. Covington is then expected to fight the winner of the Woodley-Till bout.