Colby Covington On ‘Not That Good’ Israel Adesanya: “He’ll 100% Melt Under My Pressure”

Covington explains why he wants to fight Israel Adesanya.

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Dustin Poirier isn’t the only name Colby Covington has on his mind. 

The #1 UFC Welterweight contender also has his eyes on facing Israel Adesanya in the future. The interest would spark for Covington, coming after his dominant win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272.

‘Why Can’t I Fight Adesanya?’

Of course, he’d call out Poirier post-fight. Despite that fact, he wouldn’t mind fighting the middleweight champ of the world, if  ‘The Diamond’ doesn’t end up taking up his challenge. 

“I could definitely go up to 185 and fight Adesanya,” Covington told Submission Radio. “I don’t know if he’s going to turn around like that. He doesn’t have a dance partner right now. Some of the guys that are trying to line him up with are unoriginal. Why can Usman fight him and all the fans want that? But the guy that beat Usman [can’t]? I beat Usman twice, Usman sucks.  Everybody knew at Madison Square Garden. I won those last three rounds. It was an easy win for me, easy decision victory, unanimous.

“Why can’t I fight Adesanya? He can’t stop my wrestling. I’ll pick him up and drop him on his f*cking head. He’s a cardio kickboxer they got enough cardio kickboxers and women’s classes around the [U.S.]. I could go join one of those as well, but I decided to pick up hard grueling American wrestling it. So, I don’t think Adesanya could stop my American wrestling. I don’t think he’s that good [of] a fighter.”

‘Biggest And Best Fights Possible’

Following his mega-fight with Masvidal, which main evented a PPV card without a belt on the line, ‘Chaos’ wants to put on even bigger fights for the fans. There’s no doubt another grudge match with former teammate Dustin Poirier would do numbers. But, Covington vs. ‘The Last Stylebender?’ That could sell even more. 

With Adesanya already ‘lapping’ his division, perhaps Covington could be an interesting name to throw into the mix at 185. According to the former interim champion, Adesanya isn’t even ‘that good of a fighter’ as well. 

“As the pound for pound number one people’s champion, I want to give the fans the biggest and best fights possible,” Covington continued. “I don’t cut any weight to go to 170, so I’m not going to be going up to 85 and make it a full time home. But, I’m waiting for the big fights to present themselves.

“The two biggest fights in my mind… go beat up Adesanya. The guy just has cardio kickboxing. He’s not that good of a fighter. He’s not well-rounded he can’t stop my American wrestling. I’ll melt that guy. He’ll 100% melt under my pressure, my pace. Or fight Dustin, another guy who said it’s on sight.”

How would a fight between Colby Covington and Israel Adesanya go?

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