UFC welterweight star Colby Covington has plans to go after the title next, but is not eager to share the Octagon with Khamzat Chimaev, and has gone all out against his fellow 170-pounder.
The guy couldn’t hold my jockstrap: Colby Covington on Khamzat Chimaev
“Chaos” served as a backup to the main event title fight at UFC 286- Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman 3, with Edwards retaining his welterweight belt with a second straight win over his longtime rival.
Speaking to Megan Olivi following the fight, Covington made it clear that he wants to go after Edwards up next, and while many had assumed that a Covington vs. Chimaev fight would be on the cards in future, Covington revealed his honest opinion on the Swede.
“I was referring to that dog-faced motherf—ker [Khamzat],” said Covington. “He talks all this s—, dude. He said all these things about me in the media. Yeah, of course they’re going to say things in the media, they don’t say things to my face or in the octagon. He’s been saying, ‘Oh, I want to fight for the title at 170, I want to fight Colby,’ this and that. Dude, the guy quit to the common cold. The guy quit on a weight cut when he had the best professionals that the UFC [Performance Institute] can offer.”
“Millions of dollars put into this guy in marketing, and this guy had the easiest fight in the division, the soy boy Nate Diaz,” Covington went on, “And he still couldn’t make weight. He missed weight by nine pounds and he’s laughing it off like this is a f—ing joke. He’s a f—ing joke, the guy sucks at fighting, he’s unprofessional, and I don’t ever want to hear that guy’s name again. You guys hype him up to be this giant, the guy couldn’t hold my jockstrap.” [H/T MMA Mania]
Chimaev is coming off a first round submission win over Kevin Holland at UFC 279 in September last year, a fight which went to catchweight after Chimaev had missed weight in the originally proposed main event against Nate Diaz. Covington, on the other hand, clinched a unanimous decision victory over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272 in March 2022.