Colby Covington isn’t fighting any tough fighters… at least that’s what Belal Muhammad thinks.
The top welterweight contender enters his first UFC main event this weekend against Vicente Luque. While he has a very tough rematch ahead of him, that wouldn’t stop Muhammad from shifting gears onto Covington.
Muhammad: Covington’s Not Fighting Any Tough Fighters
Let’s just say ‘Remember The Name’ wasn’t going to give Covington much credit for dominating Jorge Masvidal.
“Colby is not fighting any tough fighters,” Muhammad said at the UFC Vegas 51 media day. “He’s fighting Masvidal off two losses. He’s fighting Woodley off like three losses. I think he’s trying to pick and choose his way back to a title shot, calling out a ’55er in Dustin Poirier, and then try to talk his way into another title shot.”
“He hasn’t beat no top five, real legitimate guys that are coming off wins. For me I’m like, I want to fight the best guys. I want to stay active, I want to stay in there. We don’t know when Kamaru is coming back, so maybe there’s an interim title on the line this summer. That hand injury is a serious injury. If Leon (Edwards) needs an interim title opponent, I’m there. Like I’ve said, if I have to go through Khamzat, I’m not afraid to go through these guys.”
Picking And Choosing
Muhammad thinks Covington is trying ‘pick and choose’ from the sidelines, rather than just fighting everyone and anyone.
“I think he’s one of those guys who thinks he’s owed something,” Muhammad said. “He thinks he’s a pay-per-view star, ‘Oh I’m in the level of a Nate Diaz or a McGregor and I can pick and choose who I want.’
“I think he’s going to sit out for a year and play the injury game. Now that his tooth is chipped, he’s probably going to be out for a couple of years until they give him a real 155er to fight.”