UFC fighter Colby Covington won’t just brutalize you in the octagon. He’ll empty your wallet at the poker table for good measure.
Covington participated in the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. According to PokerNews, the first tournament played by UFC welterweights was a $400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em event. This event attracted the largest field for a poker tournament in Florida State history, with nearly 8,000 registered players.
Covington fought his way through the pack and earned a spot at the final table. This table was mostly made up of professional players, but Covington still managed to finish the tournament in seventh place. For his troubles, he walked away with $48,295.
However, Covington was not finished. Later that week, he played in another tournament—this time a pot-limit Omaha/8 tournament with a buy-in of $1,100—and won it all. He took $25,875, which sent him home with over $70,000 for the week.
Covington’s UFC record currently stands at 17-3 and his most recent fight was a tilt with Jorge Masvidal, which he won by unanimous decision. Covington’s fighting career shows no signs of slowing down, but each time he decides to put them back on, he’s looking to have a possible second career as a professional poker player.
In retrospect, it makes perfect sense for a UFC fighter to have a great poker face. Some of their work looks daunting. If Covington gave you the look he uses in stares, most of us would probably fold with our hands shaking, even with pocket aces.