UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington unleashes on newly crowned lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov following UFC 223 victory.
Undefeated Russian grappler Khabib Nurmagomedov who recently scores the UFC lightweight title after beating last-minute replacement a ranked no.11 Al Iaquinta (aka. real estate agent) at UFC 223 that extended his professional record to 26-0. As many were unimpressed with ‘Eagle’s’ performance that includes Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington taking aim at Nurmagomedov.
Speaking with MMAjunkie Radio in a recent interview, number three-ranked welterweight Colby explained, things might work for him at 155-pound, where he had weight cut issues in the past, but he would be in some real trouble if moved to welterweight:
“I think (Khabib’s style) works for the little lightweight division, but that sh-t doesn’t fly at welterweight,” Covington said. “You’ve got a real All-American wrestler, not some sambo dude, so if he comes up to welterweight, he’s going to get his head dunked and balls put on his forehead just like the rest of them.”
The real estate agent may have already come to ‘Eagle’s’ defense, but still many people are hurling criticism at Russian grappler for his performance and not finishing the Iaquinta.
“I don’t think he’s that impressive,” Covington said. “He couldn’t even finish a real estate agent. That’s f—king sad.”
“I watched the fight a couple of times. (Khabib) just goes forward and looks for takedowns and pressure,” Covington added. “He doesn’t have any striking power. He’s not a well-rounded fighter like myself. I can beat people on the feet; I can beat people on the ground. It doesn’t matter.”
“Guys have a lot more to worry about when they’re fighting me than they do fighting Khabib. He’s just one-dimensional. I’m the most well-rounded fighter on the planet.”
Covington’s ungrateful comments are not new to MMA world as he’s taken aim at most fighters in the past. He is coming off a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia this past October.
Covington is slated to square off against Rafael dos Anjos for the interim welterweight strap at the upcoming UFC 225 pay-per-view (PPV) event on June 9 in Chicago and hired armed security guards to protect him. Both were initially supposed to clash in Brazil, but the fight was moved to the states reportedly due to security concerns.