(Courtesy of UFC)

Former interim welterweight champion Colby Covington put on perhaps the most impressive performance of his career on Saturday night. Following his victory over , Covington was put on the phone to talk with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Covington has long been a support of Trump, visiting him in the White House last year alongside president after Covington won the interim belt. White is a longtime friend of President Trump’s, which stems from Trump’s support of the in the early days of Zuffa ownership. White even spoke at the Republican National Convention in support of Trump’s campaign when he was first running for the Republican nomination, saying, “I stand with Donald Trump.”

Though he has since been stripped of the interim belt for failing to fight Tyron Woodley, Covington has remained at or near the top of the welterweight rankings. He solidified a shot at current champion Kamaru Usman later this year with his win over Lawler at on 5 in Newark, N.J.

With Saturday’s event being so close to Washington D.C. and City, Trump sons Donald Jr. and Eric, attended the fights to show their family’s support for Covington.

The president tweeted his support to Covington prior to the bout, but then spoke with him when Eric handed his phone over to Covington in the on 5 backstage area. 

“President Trump is making America great again and I’m making the welterweight division great again,” Covington said in his backstage comments.

“So let’s unify these belts in November in so it’s right down the street from the Trump family. I guarantee our president will come and watch this front row.”

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