The “American Gangster” believes that Covington’s lack of need to be liked as a fighter is a refreshing quality in comparison to others who ‘can’t stand to be booed’
Chael Sonnen, like Covington, is an Oregon native with a tendency to talk a little trash…
The Bellator Grand Prix participant has gone against the grain and praised the 29-year old for his efforts in drawing some lucrative limelight to himself, despite others in the MMA community vocally expressing their disapproval towards his recent behavior:
“I think people can learn from Colby,” Sonnen told BJ Penn Radio. “He’s going to be in that pool by himself, because all these crybabies can’t stand to hear anybody boo them. He’s just being himself and it’s what all fighters should do. We’ll see these fighters come out. They want to act like some religious angel or they’re the world’s nicest guy, when they’re nothing more than a dirty rotten cage fighter.
“Be whoever you are,” Sonnen continued. “If you’re a funny guy, be the funny guy. If you’re the smart ass, be the smart ass, but just be who you are. Don’t try to fool any of us, and Colby’s not. This is who he is. I’ve known him since he was 11 years old. He’s not working an angle here. This isn’t some act, he’s just sick of staying quiet. He’s tired of it, he feels like he’s been overlooked. Man, I know that feeling. I’ll remind you, one minute ago, you were talking about George St. Pierre, the most decorated, biggest draw in the history of the business and now you’re talking about Colby Covington.”