Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Colby Covington and Alexander Shlemenko

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Colby Covington and Alexander Shlemenko.

Covington fights Demian Maia on Oct. 28 in UFC Fight Night 119’s co-headliner. Shlemenko headlines Friday’s Bellator 185 event against Gegard Mousasi.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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'Supervillain' Colby Covington respects Demian Maia – that's why he wants to finish him in Round 1

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In reality shows, there often is a contestant who makes it clear right away he’s not there to make friends. If the UFC was a reality show, Colby Covington probably would fill that role.

From his unapologetic “embarrassment tour” to his expert Twitter trolling jobs, amid shots fired toward anyone from welterweight champion Tyron Woodley to rapper Snoop Dogg, Covington has lived up to his “Chaos” nickname outside the octagon, too.

On Oct. 28, he gets to take the role to the next level by not only going up against one of MMA’s favorite nice guys in Demian Maia – but by doing so in front of Maia’s home fans in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Not surprisingly, Covington is not at all fazed by the setup.

“I am the supervillain and this is my division now,” Covington told MMAjunkie ahead of the UFC Fight Night 119 welterweight co-headliner, which airs on FS1 from Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. “I own this division. I’m a heel – it’s OK. I expect the fans to hate me, anyway. I don’t care about the fans. This isn’t about the fans anymore. This is about me being the best fighter in the world – and that’s what I am.

“I’m the No. 1 fighter in the welterweight division right now. Tyron Woodley, he’s a fake paper champ. Demian Maia, he’s a thing of the past. I’m going to put him to rest and the Brazilian crowd is going to be silent.”

Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC), fresh off his own failed welterweight title bid, may be the task at hand. But Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) makes sure to mention champ Woodley’s (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) name every chance he gets. The fact Covington currently is angling for a title shot is not exactly a secret – and he believes a win over Maia should make that the next move.

Covington also is aware, however, there are others trying to get the same thing. Ex-lightweight-champ Rafael dos Anjos, for instance, has been making his own case after kicking off his welterweight run with back-to-back wins over Tarec Saffiedine and Neil Magny.

Covington, who’d taken aim at dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) in the past, is not in agreement.

“Oh, come on, let’s be honest: Who has ‘RDA’ fought?” Covington asked. “He just fought two bums at the end of their careers – the two biggest over-ranked fighters in the world. He’s been picking and choosing fights. The UFC knows who a real fighter is. I’m a real fighter. I’ve never turned down one fight. I’ve asked for the tough fights. I asked for Demian Maia.

“No one wants to fight Demian Maia. I asked to fight Demian Maia in his home city. Who wants to fight Demian Maia in his home city? No one. I’m the only one who accepted the challenge. ‘RD’A? He ducked me. We were supposed to fight two or three different times. He ducked me. He didn’t want to fight. That’s why he was put behind me on the Singapore card and I got a bigger fight against Dong Hyun Kim at the time.

“He beat Tarec Saffiedine. The guy is on his way out. He beat Magny. The guy is on his way out. Who has he beat that’s a top contender? After I put Demian Maia to rest, Tyron Woodley is next for me. ‘RDA’ is a thing of the past, as well.”

Currently ranked No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, Covington is not delusional in his title aspirations. Not only is he coming off four straight wins, but he’s looked increasingly impressive in getting them – which peaked with the utter domination of Kim at UFC Fight Night 111 in June.

It’s hard to predict what’s going to happen atop the UFC’s 170-pound class – especially when the champion has been clear about his desire to venture into other divisions. But a win over No. 5 Maia, who was on a seven-fight tear before his failed title bid against Woodley, would certainly make Covington’s case convincing.

Of course, that’s easier said than done. While many thought they had the key to countering Maia’s stifling grappling game, the Brazilian has proven that knowing what he’s going to do inside the octagon doesn’t necessarily mean being able to stop it from happening.

Covington, however, doesn’t seem all that worried.

“Demian Maia is a one-trick pony,” Covington said. “He’s the same fighter he’s been his whole career. He’s not just going to change his game plan. He’s not a tricky guy to prepare for with the skill set that I have. The guys that he fought in the past don’t have the skill set that I have.

“He’s only going to try and come out there, take me down, get to the back, submit me. That’s not going to happen. My wrestling is on a different level than anyone he’s ever fought. My striking – I’m more athletic. I’m way too handsome to lose to a guy like that.”

Other than his high-caliber wrestling – which Covington rates as varsity-level compared to Woodley’s “decent,” but JV one – he was also able to rely on the help of a friend who happens to have recently prepared for his own UFC Fight Night 111 encounter with Maia, a split-decision loss.

“He fought Jorge Masvidal, my best friend,” Covington said. “So I’ve gotten a lot of pointers, a lot of experience from what Demian is going to try to do in the octagon. He’s very strong in the first couple of minutes, I’ll give him that. But he will break down.

“He will not be able to match my heart. He will not be able to match my pace. And he will fade and he will quit.”

While Covington is not sparing Maia from his verbal attacks, it’s also clear the Brazilian grappler hasn’t really been hit with the same type of heavy artillery that has been fired at Woodley or even Dos Anjos. In fact, Maia has even been dubbed “an absolute legend” by Covington.

Covington says he usually likes it when an opponent engages and returns his pre-fight banter. With Maia, who’s not prone to trash talking, he hasn’t been getting that. But Covington doesn’t mind it. At the end of the day, he says, it’s all about respect.

And, for better or worse, he does have it for Maia.

“I do respect the guy,” Covington said. “That’s why I’m going to put him to sleep in the first round. It won’t be pretty. I know Halloween is coming up, so it’s going to be a nightmare in Sao Paulo for him.”

In case Covington’s plans weren’t clear enough before, he doesn’t mind summing them up in one, concise answer.

“I’m coming to take out Demian Maia in impressive fashion,” Covington said. “And Tyron Woodley is next. Mark my words, you heard it here first in this interview: I will be welterweight champion early beginning of next year.

“Tyron Woodley can’t top me and Demian Maia has no chance to stop me.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sao Paulo's 12-bout UFC Fight Night 119 lineup finalized for FS1, FS2

The fight card is set for the UFC’s return to Brazil on Oct. 28 with UFC Fight Night 119.

The event emanates from Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo and airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass. The card featured 12 fights total.

In the main event, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) makes his return to the octagon in more than two years when he takes on Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) in a middleweight bout. Brunson enters the contest coming off a first-round knockout of Dan Kelly at UFC Fight Night 110, while Machida hasn’t competed since losing to Yoel Romero in June 2015.

The co-headliner features a clash of top-10 welterweights as Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC) takes on Colby Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC). Maia looks to rebound from a failed title bid against champ Tyron Woodley at UFC 214. Covington enters in search of his fifth consecutive win.

The full UFC Fight Night 119 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Colby Covington vs. Demian Maia
  • Rob Font vs. Pedro Munhoz
  • Jim Miller vs. Francisco Trinaldo
  • Jack Hermansson vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • John Lineker vs. Marlon Vera

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS2, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Niko Price vs. Luan Chagas
  • Augusto Mendes vs. Boston Salmon
  • Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Marshman
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos vs. Max Griffin

PRELIMINARY CARD (7 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Pass)

  • Hacran Dias vs. Jared Gordon
  • Jarred Brooks vs. Deiveson Figueiredo

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMA at Joint Base Langley-Eustis: MMAjunkie Radio's trip with Tate, Felder, Covington and Stitch

Whenever the topic of the United States Armed Forces comes up, the first thing that often comes to mind are words like “sacrifice” and “service.” But after recently visiting Joint Base Langley-Eustis (JBLE) in Hampton, Va., with a few UFC fighters and members of the MMA community, those words and titles now carry weight in a way they didn’t before.

The trip started on an early Thursday morning, with a crew of people from all parts of the country convening in a hotel lobby. Led by MMAjunkie Radio hosts George Garcia and Brian “Goze” Garcia, retired ex-UFC champion Miesha Tate, UFC fighters Paul Felder and Colby Covington, as well as legendary cutman Stitch Duran, also joined the adventure to come.

Wasting no time, Operations Officer Carl Cook of the 633rd Force Support Squadron made sure we got off on the right foot.

Engagement skills training facility

Starting off in Fort Eustis, we began the tour by seeing the Army side of JBLE.

As the title “Joint Base” indicates, JBLE represents both Langley Air Force Base and Fort Eustis. Officially coming together and becoming operational in 2010, JBLE is one of 12 joint bases in the U.S.

Incorporating state-of-the-art technology, the armed forces can now train much more efficiently and safely, even when it comes to high-powered weapons.

Colby Covington. (Photo credit: Tristan Biese)

Under the watchful eye of experienced trainers, we had the privilege of using the Army’s weapons simulator, firing real guns in a simulated environment.

Similar to an amplified video game, giant screens ran wall to wall, displaying interactive imagery ranging from target practice to specific environmental scenarios. And like children in a candy store, we fawned over what we were shown, eagerly awaiting our turns in line.

Thankfully, the soldiers and staff could not have been any more patient and polite and assisted us every step of the way.

U.S. Army Transportation School

Despite having “Army” in the title, the U.S. Army Transportation School trains all departments of the military.

In fact, many service men and women from both the Navy and Air Force visit this Army facility since it houses some of the top simulation technology. The school even offers access to full-on command rooms, which are capable of running a whole team of students through simulations, recreating every last detail and feel of operations from a ship deck.

Miesha Tate (Photo credit: Tristan Biese)

Specializing in mobile support, they provide simulations for all forms of transportation and support duties, ranging from multiple ship types, construction cranes and even forklifts.

Keeping with the spirit of video games, we again witnessed the current shift in technologies and how the Armed Forces were embracing this new age by implementing it into their training systems.

As someone who used to drive a forklift, I was amazed at how accurate they could recreate the experience. Not only can the program manufacture the feel of operating the machinery, but it also simulates the feel of outside elements like wind, snow and sleet, all with the click of a button.

Courtesy of Felder, my forklift tasks were cut short when my route was suddenly struck by gale-force winds and heavy snow, spinning my vehicle off the road. Fortunately, it was just a simulation. I can only imagine what the expenses would be without programs like these.

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Colby Covington goes off on 'fraud' UFC champ Tyron Woodley – and adds Snoop Dogg

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UFC welterweight Colby Covington’s grudge against champ Tyron Woodley continues to simmer as he approaches a critical bout against recent title challenger Demian Maia.

Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) finds a reason to jab at all of his opponents – even the ones who don’t anger him. Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC), he predicts, will be “looking for a new job, maybe at a cell phone kiosk in the mall” after getting retired in his hometown Oct. 28 at UFC Fight Night 119 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo.

Bold, but not angry.

For Woodley, on the other hand, Covington does not hold back. On Tuesday during an interview with MMAjunkie Radio, he went out of his way to mispronounce Woodley’s first name and fire off another rant of personal attacks.

“The crown’s too heavy for him, honestly,” Covington said of Woodley. “He can go back to his passion – standing around in the background of his B-list movies. He’s the type of dude that’s going out to movie sets and taking pictures. ‘Oh, let me get a picture with you, Snoop (Dogg),’ just so he can say, ‘He’s my friend’ on social media. The guy’s a joke. He’s a fake. He’s a fraud. He doesn’t even get credited in his movies. That’s how pathetic he is. Unless it’s some gas station ‘Kickboxer: Vengeance’ movie, then maybe he gets credit from that.

“He’s telling everybody, ‘He wouldn’t look at me in the gym.’ Yeah, I wouldn’t look at you because I promised my manager and owner of (American Top Team) Dan Lambert that I would keep it professional, and I wouldn’t say nothing. I didn’t want to have any problems. He has a fight coming up. I keep it classy always. But at the end of the day, he’s saying fake stuff.

“He’s on (The MMA Hour) saying, ‘Colby Covington won’t get a word out of my mouth,’ and the next thing he’s saying is, ‘Colby wouldn’t even look at me in the gym. He’s shadowboxing under my championship belt.’ What the (expletive) are you talking about? First of all, your picture’s over the bags where we work out, and second, I had to make a promise to Dan Lambert. He wouldn’t even give me (the Maia) fight unless I kept it cool with Tyron. I made some promises, but at the end of the day, (expletive) Tyron Woodley’s a fake, a fraud, and I’m going to expose him real soon.”

Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The champ is aiming to fight the winner of an upcoming middleweight title bout between champ Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) and ex-welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC), which takes place in November at UFC 217. Woodley recently dispatched the long-nagging contender Maia, though his effort made no new fans, including UFC President Dana White.

Of course, Covington sided with his promoter on that one.

When it comes to another UFC contractee, however, Covington takes another side. He blasted Snoop Dogg after the rapper and UFC commentator issued an expletive-laden rant at Conor McGregor after the UFC lightweight champ’s boxing loss to Floyd Mayweather this past weekend.

“The UFC is employing him,” Covington said of Snoop. “It’s not cheap to fly him out to those summits. He’s getting a way bigger purse than I am to show up.

“I think it’s a joke how he’s going to trash on the UFC and fighters. Like, dude, you’ve never even fought. You’re a skinny little twig. How are you going to act hard and act like you’re tough? It was a boxing match. Yeah, congrats to Floyd. Conor did it as a money fight, but if it were in the streets or in the octagon, it wouldn’t have even been competitive. Conor would have killed Floyd. Don’t act all hard and say ill will toward the UFC, who employs you.”

So there’s another grudge to put on the ever-growing list. But first, Covington needs to put away Maia.

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2522 with Colby Covington

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guest Colby Covington.

UFC welterweight Covington phoned in to talk about his upcoming fight vs. Demian Maia on Oct. 28 at UFC Fight Night 119.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2522 with UFC Fight Night 119's Colby Covington

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guest Colby Covington.

Covington called in to talk about his Oct. 28 fight at UFC Fight Night 119 vs. Demian Maia in Sao Paulo. He said he plans to retire Maia, then turn his attention to champion Tyron Woodley.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with UFC Fight Night 119's Colby Covington

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guest Colby Covington.

Covington has the biggest fight of his career coming up Oct. 28 when he takes on recent welterweight title challenger and former middleweight title challenger Demian Maia in Mai’s home country of Brazil at UFC Fight Night 119. We’ll also discuss the latest MMA news and the continued fallout from “The Money Fight.”

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

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Demian Maia, Colby Covington set to meet at UFC Fight Night 119 on Oct. 28

Colby Covington’s campaign might not have earned him many fans among his peers, but it was effective.

After taking aim at a few targets, including 170-pound champ Tyron Woodley, Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) managed to land a pretty big one in two-time UFC title challenger Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC). (via Twitter)

The welterweight bout is now set for UFC Fight Night 119, which takes place Oct. 28 in Maia’s hometown of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Combate.com was first to report the news, which was confirmed to MMAjunkie by a person close to Covington’s camp.

Maia is currently ranked No.5  in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, while Covington occupies the No. 11 spot. It will be a quick turnaround for Maia, who comes off a long-awaited title shot at last month’s UFC 214. He dropped a unanimous decision to Woodley after five lackluster rounds. Going into it, the grappling ace was riding a seven-fight streak, including a notable first-round submission of ex-interim-champ Carlos Condit.

Covington, in turn, comes off his biggest win yet, a stifling performance over Dong Hyun Kim that earned him a unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 111 on June 17. Covington is now four wins removed from his sole professional loss, a UFC 194 submission to “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” winner Warlley Alves.

UFC Fight Night 119, which takes place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium, will feature the return of former UFC champ Lyoto Machida. The event features an FS1-televised lineup following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The latest UFC Fight Night 119 lineup includes:

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Demian Maia vs. Colby Covington
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Deiveson Alcantara vs. Jarred Brooks
  • Augusto Mendes vs. Boston Salmon

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2502 with Paul Felder, Colby Covington, Ricardo Lamas, Angela Hill

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with Paul Felder, Colby Covington, Ricardo Lamas, and Angela Hill.

Felder, in Las Vegas to commentate for Dana White’s Contender Series 4 card, was in-studio to co-host the entire episode. Lamas is coming off a win vs. Jason Knight, which took place this past Saturday at UFC 214. Covington defeated Dong Hyun Kim in June at UFC Fight Night 111. Hill is coming off a victory over Ashley Yoder at last month’s TUF 25 Finale.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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