Colby Covington is determined to become the UFC welterweight champion and make his mark in the MMA world. After recently being named the number one contender for current champion Leon Edwards, Covington has already turned his attention towards potential future fights with champions Israel Adesanya and Islam Makhachev.
Covington expressed an interest in facing off against Adesanya following his victory over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272 last year, claiming that he would “love” to fight him. He claims that Adesanya would not be able to keep up with his style of fighting due to a lack of cardio. The middleweight titleholder regained the title earlier this year after defeating Alex Pereira at UFC 287, and Dana White has said that following Robert Whittaker’s upcoming match-up with Dricus Du Plessis, it is likely that they will face-off next for the title later this year.
“Absolutely [I’d still love that matchup], I think that’s a huge fight and it’s a fight of high magnitude,” Covington told MMA Fighting. “I like the matchup, to be honest. I don’t think he can hang with me. I think I take him down, I beat him from pillar to post and I just break him inside that octagon. He can’t hang with the cardio king. He’s not ready for all-American steel and twisted sex appeal.”Colby Covington via MMAFighting
If events do sync up as far as timelines go then Covington feels confident he could shut down Adesanya but thinks the New Zealand native won’t want the fight due to Covington’s pace and style. With regard to another potential matchup with a current champion piquing Chaos’ interest – lightweight champ Islam Makhachev – it seems conversations between them have been had about a possible fight at either welterweight or lightweight divisions, depending on how much weight each fighter needs to cut.
Covington believes it is a “very realistic possibility” for him go toe-to-toe with Makhachev as he doesn’t put on too much weight when cutting for a fight; only 15–20 pounds at most if he eats everything in sight! He also attributes part of Makhachev’s success in lightweight division due its lack of wrestlers who can give him trouble, compared to 170 lbs where King Colby awaits should Khabib ever decide step into action there!
For now though all eyes are firmly fixed on achieving championship gold within Edwards’ division before any other aspirations come into play – something which Colby appears more than confident enough will happen soon enough!After all, he is more than happy to take on any and all comers if it means making another step closer towards becoming the undisputed welterweight champion of the world.
Colby Covington has come a long way since his humble beginnings in Clovis, California – from amateur wrestling accolades to competing against some of the toughest names in MMA. His willingness to face off against anyone regardless of division or weight class shows just how far he’s willing to go for success in this sport. What will be interesting to watch next is whether Colby can indeed reach that top spot and become UFC Welterweight Champion or not!