UFC Welterweight contender Colby Covington will be facing the champ Kamaru Usman in a rematch for the UFC Welterweight Championship at UFC 268 in Madison Square Garden. The first fight between Usman and Covington had taken place at UFC 245, where the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ came out victorious by knocking out Covington in the fifth round.
Colby Covington has fought only just once since his loss to Kamaru Usman. In 2020, the ‘Chaos’ had fought the former champ Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC Fight Night 178. Covington won that bout via a technical knockout and had called out both Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal.
Several people have found fault with Covington being given the title shot since he only fought once in two years. Covington responded to the criticism for his lack of activity, by saying that no one wanted to fight him. Covington also targeted his friend-turned-foe Jorge Masvidal for not taking a fight with him.
“Yeah the fact is, no one wanted to fight me. I mean go to hunter Campbell, go to Dana White ask them the truth. You know no one would fight me, you know. Street Judas Masvidal all they wanted to make this big hype fight oh best friends turned rival. We hate each other’s guts now he was running his mouth in the media saying this and that. I will drop Colby on site.”
Colby Covington calls Jorge Masvidal a ‘fragile’ guy
For years, Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington have trained together at the renowned American Top Team gym in Coconut Creek, Florida. The duo were close friends, however, their friendship turned sour as they ascended to the top of the MMA food chain.
Over the years the feud between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal is gradually becoming more and more intense. In a recent interview with ESPN MMA’S Brett Okamoto, Colby Covington has called his former friend Jorge Masvidal a ‘fragile’ guy.
“That guy is fragile blah blah. There’s no one more fragile than Street Judas Masvidal that guy got a lot. Is he even awake yet or is he still sleeping from the last time he fought Usman? So I was trying to put on big and best fights for the UFC. No one wanted to take the bait, so now we are here and we gonna get the best fight in the welterweight division. And you know it’s gonna be a real treat for the fans.”
Jorge Masvidal is currently set to face Leon Edwards at UFC 269 in December, while Colby Covington will fight one month before the ‘Gamebred’. Covington will face reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in a rematch at UFC 268 in November.