UFC champ aims for a KO in poker

This past Saturday, Colby Covington took on Rafael dos Anjos in UFC 225, winning the bout after five rounds to be named the interim welterweight champion.  Now, the champ is looking to exchange sparring glove for playing cards and has announced that he will participate in this year’s WSOP Main Event.

Covington said that he will relocate to Hawaii to train before traveling to Las Vegas in July for the main event.   He told MMA News, “Hopefully I make it through like day four or five so I can make it on the ESPN broadcast.  But I’ll definitely be representing the UFC at the World Series of Poker.”

Covington isn’t a stranger to the poker felt.  He has been a regular on the scene, and has earned over $40,000 in live cashes, according to Hendon Mob.  His biggest win was at a WPT Regional Series tournament in Coconut Creek, FL in 2012 where be picked up $9,935 after a seventh-place finish at a $100 buy-in tournament. That same year, he took first place at another $100 game at the Everglades Poker Open in Hollywood, FL.

Despite spending a great deal of time training for the MMA, he has stepped away from the octagon a few times to try his hand at poker this year.  He cashed three times, including a $4,400 win at the Lucky Hearts Open $120 buy-in tournament. 

The fighter explained, “I want to be the first two-sport world champion in poker and fighting, and eventually pro wrestling and WWE.  I love playing Texas Hold ‘Em. I love playing tournaments and big cash games, high-stakes cash games.”

The WSOP main event will get underway on July 2, which doesn’t give Covington much time to heal from the knocks he received during UFC 225.  However, given his competitive spirit, he could be a contender. 

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