Colby Covington is expected to challenge Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight title later this year. Although Usman presents his own challenges to Covington, ‘Chaos’ is already eyeing his next potential fight. That fight would be against current UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Covington recently discussed a potential catchweight bout with ‘The Eagle’, where he insinuated that Khabib would be the easiest fight of his career.
“Yeah, I mean it’s an easy fight. He’s already asking to fight Georges St-Pierre in between welterweight and lightweight,” Covington said in a recent interview with Submission Radio (transcript via BloodyElbow). I can make in between welterweight and lightweight because I’m not a big welterweight. It’s going to be more rewarding to smash two of Ali [Abdelaziz]’s biggest clients and just leave him crying.
“He [Khabib] would be my easiest challenge. He’s small and he doesn’t even do what I do as good as I do it. He can’t wrestle as good as me. He’s never faced a high-level Division 1 All-American, a kid who has been wrestling his whole life. That sambo shit, that shit’s weak. If wrestling was easy, it would be called sambo. But it’s not, it’s called wrestling.”
‘Chaos’ last fought back at June’s UFC 225 event, where he defeated Rafael dos Anjos to capture the promotions interim welterweight title.
Nurmagomedov, meanwhile, remains undefeated and last fought at UFC 229 where he submitted Conor McGregor in the fourth-round.
It is expected that Nurmagomedov will return in September where he will most likely take on the winner of Dustin Poirier vs Max Holloway. Meaning, this fight most likely won’t happen this year, if it ever does come to fruition.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/4/2019