At UFC 225, Colby Covington defeated Rafael dos Anjos to become the interim UFC welterweight champion. In this interview from my radio show, Covington discusses the fight, potentially meeting President Donald Trump, Tyron Woodley’s recent comments and more.



The Luke Thomas Show airs weekdays, 3 to 6pm ET, on SiriusXM RUSH, channel 93.


The Mixed Martial Arts is back in your life. Below is a rundown of Monday’s show:



1:00 p.m. ET — UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will join us to talk about his thrilling win over Yoel Romero.

1:25 p.m. — Yoel Romero, and his management team, will talk about his controversial weekend in Chicago.

1:45 p.m. — UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington will discuss his win over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225.

2:05 p.m. — Carla Esparza will discuss her close decision loss to Claudia Gadelha at UFC 225.

2:25 p.m. — Chris Weidman will discuss Saturday’s main event and what’s next for him.

2:45 p.m. — Al Iaquinta will discuss the possibility of fighting Justin Gaethje next.

3:05 p.m. — UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will talk about fighting Colby Covington next.

3:25 p.m. — Mike Jackson will discuss his win over CM Punk at UFC 225.

3:45 p.m. — Curtis Blaydes will look back on his win over Alistair Overeem at UFC 225.

4:05 p.m. — Old friends of the show Matt Mitrione and Sean McCorkle will stop by to reminisce about the good old days.

4:25 p.m. — Mark Hunt will discuss his upcoming main event in Russia and Tai Tuivasa’s win.

4:45 p.m. — Kamaru Usman will talk about the incident at last week’s PFL event.

5:05 p.m. — Holly Holm will talk about her win over Megan Anderson at UFC 225 and what’s next for her.

5:25 p.m. — Urijah Faber, the first guest in the history of The MMA Hour, will be our last.

5:05 p.m. — The MMA (After) Hour will air exclusively on Twitter. We’ll showcase Ric’s Picks and answer your questions sent via the hashtag #themmahour.

Also, you can give us a call on our hotline at 1-844-8-MMA-Hour (1-844-866-2468).



Watch the show live below beginning at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT / 6 p.m. GMT.


UFC Unfiltered UF203: CM Punk, Colby Covington, Kamaru Usman In-Studio, and a UFC 225 Preview



CM Punk calls in and talks to Jim and guest co-host Phoenix Carnevale about his return to the Octagon in his hometown of Chicago at UFC 225, winning the $4 million defamation lawsuit against him, improving in all areas since his loss to Mickey Gall, Mike Jackson as an opponent, and a lot more. Then, “The Nigerian Nightmare” Kamaru Usman joins in-studio to discuss his UFC Chile win over Demian Maia, the UFC Welterweight title picture, who he feels he should fight next, RDA vs. Colby Covington, the pride of being an African-born fighter, and more. Later, Colby Covington calls in, with Kamaru in-studio, and talks about his interim UFC Welterweight title fight against Rafael dos Anjos, how he sees the fight against RDA ending, and then goes back-and-forth with Kamaru about a potential matchup between them. Plus, Jim, Phoenix, and Chris the Producah preview the stacked UFC 225 card and make their picks.


Ahead of his UFC 225 interim welterweight title showdown with Rafael dos Anjos, Colby Covington joined me to discuss that impending bout, his thoughts on Darren Till vs. Stephen Thompson, Kamaru Usman vs. Demian Maia, why he spoils movies on Twitter and more.


The Luke Thomas Show airs weekdays, 3 to 6pm ET, on SiriusXM RUSH, channel 93.




  • 1:00 p.m. ET – We’ll recap one of the craziest weeks in UFC history.
  • 1:25 p.m. – UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas will look back on her win over Joanna Jędrzejczyk at UFC 223.
  • 1:45 p.m. – Al Iaquinta will discuss his short-notice loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223.
  • 2:05 p.m. – Paul Felder will recount why and how he ultimately didn’t fight at UFC 223.
  • 2:25 p.m. – Anthony Pettis will recount why and how he ultimately didn’t fight at UFC 223.
  • 2:45 p.m. – AKA head coach Javier Mendez will talk about Nurmagomedov win over Iaquinta.
  • 3:05 p.m. – Colby Covington will preview his UFC 225 interim welterweight title fight against Rafael dos Anjos.
  • 3:25 p.m. – Olivier Aubin-Mercier will discuss his win over Evan Dunham at UFC 223 and what’s next.
  • 3:45 p.m. – Ray Borg will talk about the eye injury he suffered while in the bus that was attacked by Conor McGregor and his friends on Thursday.
  • 4:05 p.m. – TJ Dillashaw will preview his UFC 227 title rematch against Cody Garbrandt.
  • 4:25 p.m. – Zabit Magomedsharipov and manager Ali Abdelaziz will join us in studio to recount an unforgettable week.
  • 5:25 p.m. – The MMA (After) Hour will air exclusively on Twitter. We’ll showcase Ric’s Picks and answer your questions sent via the hashtag #themmahour.