Colby Covington has said that he is confident he can defeat UFC Middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya in a title fight. Covington, who competes at the Welterweight division, has lost twice to Welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman but feels he can move up to the Middleweight division and claim the title in just one fight.
Covington, who currently weighs 170, is still reeling in the victory of defeating Jorge Masvidal earlier this month. While his next fight is still months away, the American is already plotting on who his next opponent would be, and he is aiming for a big fight. If he is unable to get Adesanya, then he may just face Dustin Poirier, who is the interim lightweight champion.
Speaking at a radio interview recently, Covington said that he was sure he could defeat Adesanya, claiming that he defeated Usman twice, even though he went home the loser both times. He said, “I think I can definitely go up to 185 and fight Adesanya. But I don’t know if he’s gonna turn around like that. But he doesn’t have a dance partner right now. I mean, some of the guys they’re trying to line him up with, it’s unoriginal. Why can Usman fight him and all the fans want that, but the guy that beat Usman, – I beat Usman. I beat Usman twice. Usman sucks, dude. Everybody knew in Madison Square Garden I won those last three rounds. It was an easy win for me, easy decision victory. Unanimous.
“So, why can’t I fight Adesanya? He can’t stop my wrestling. I’ll pick him up and drop him on his head. He’s a cardio kickboxer.”
On Poirier, he said, “[I could] fight Dustin, the guy who said it’s on sight. He wants to come up to my weight class 170, he said this and that, he’s supposed to be some pound-for-pound great fighter. So, if you’re pound-for-pound great, then come fight. What are you so scared of, man?”
For Covington, it is all about giving fans the fight they want, and that means squaring off against some of the biggest names in the game.
Written by: Leon Osamor