The former champ claims that once he beats Usman in the rematch, he will move up to the middleweight division to challenge Israel Adesanya for the title.
Speaking to the Bang Energy CEO after the two trained together, Covington said: “I’m gonna fight in my weight class against Kamaru Usman. I’m gonna get the world title, 170, welterweight, and then I’m going to be working with you and Bang Energy to put on the muscle mass and we’re going to go up to middleweight, to 185 and we’re going to beat Israel Adesanya.”
The Last Stylbender has been unbeaten in the middleweight division. The only loss of his pro MMA career came against Light-heavyweight Champion Jan Blachowicz in early 2021 when he moved up a division to become the double champ.
Apart from this, the New Zealand-based star has dominated in most of his fights ever since he debuted in 2018.
The Chaos has fought only once since losing to Kamaru Usman via TKO in 2019. He then defeated Tyron Woodley in 2020 and has not returned to the octagon ever since.
While he was inactive inside the octagon, he has been very active on social media and has almost weighed in on any and every debate in the MMA circle.
At UFC 245, Covington ended up with a broken jaw, courtesy of a Kamaru Usman right hand, and the Nigerian Nightmare’s manager was quick to remind the challenger of the last rematch.
Speaking to MMA Junkie in mid-July, Ali Abdelaziz said: “Last time they fought, he broke his jaw. In this fight, I hope he becomes blind or something bad happens to him because he’s a very bad guy. He’s on the same piece of shit level as Conor (McGregor). They’re head to head.”
It is fair to say that Usman’s manager did not hold anything back.
“He’s a racist scumbag. I think he plays the race card, but I think he really is. He insults people’s religion, wives. You see him talking about Dustin – he said Dustin Poirier’s wife is a prop. How are you gonna say that? This is a guy he used to train with, sweat with, eat with. How are you gonna talk about him like that?”
Usman will enter the November fight as the favorite candidate. Since UFC 245, the Nightmare has defended his welterweight strap thrice.
He never stopped training and welcomes any fighter that the UFC has hooked up against him.
It will be interesting to see how Colby Covington will manage at UFC 268 against the welterweight champion who has been undefeated in the UFC so far and doesn’t seem like there’s anyone in the division who can withstand him in the cage.