Amid the Twitter storm taking place between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, Colby Covington had his own thoughts on the two lightweights.
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Speaking to Submission Radio recently, the former interim welterweight champion spoke of how he was going to defeat welterweight champion Kamaru Usman before mentioning a fight in Russia.
When asked to clarify what he meant by that and whether that was a potential fight with Nurmagomedov, Covington responded.
“Yeah, I mean it’s an easy fight. He’s already asking to fight Georges St-Pierre in between welterweight and lightweight. 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.”
Covington had earlier stated that Usman and former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley were easy matchups for him. But the undefeated Nurmagomedov would be an even easier matchup according to the Oregon State University product.
“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.”
As for McGregor, the Irishman has regularly been making headlines of late, and one of them was that he was retiring. Whether it was a genuine retirement or not, Covington is not too bothered and believes the former lightweight champion has bigger problems ahead.
“I think that guy has bigger problems ahead of him. His world is coming apart. Look at the Brooklyn incident, look at him taking that fan’s phone in Miami. And all of a sudden, now there’s a sexual assault charge against him in Dublin, Ireland, and he’s fled the country because he doesn’t want to talk to authorities and go to jail. So I think that guy’s got bigger problems ahead of him. He’s retired now so I don’t even know why we’re still talking about him.”
You can see the full interview below: