Following the anti-climactic end to the UFC 264 main event, the #1-ranked UFC welterweight Colby Covington wants to fight his former teammate Dustin Poirier after his next title fight.
While Poirier and Covington have trained together in the past, that is no longer the case. Similar to training with his former roommate/teammate Jorge Masvidal, Covington’s chaotic personality outside the cage is a big reason why he gets the attention he does, but his skills have backed up his talk on more than one occasion now.
Colby Covington Continues To Prod At Poirier
The call-out comes days after the former interim champ Dustin Poirier dominated Conor McGregor at UFC 264 until checking a kick which led to McGregor snapping his leg in half (tibia break).
Emerging as a hot contender at WW, Covington riled up much of Brazil when he made derogatory statements about the country in a joking manner. While some fighters took Covington’s statements as a joke, other fighters were not so tolerant and will forever unwelcome Covington to their country.
The American put his money where his mouth is when he faced Rafael dos Anjos in 2018. During the battle, “Chaos” bloodied RDA on the ground with heavy ground and pound for the majority of the fight. Prior to UFC 264, Covington continued to poke at Poirier before his big fight.
The guy wearing full nerf gear head to toe to protect his face and his feelings is Poirier. The guy with no headgear, wrestling credentials or brain cells left is “khabib.” @DustinPoirier Good guy? Bad guy? You be the judge👨⚖️ #AndNew #UFC264 pic.twitter.com/EMMFwC2b4E
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) July 6, 2021
Overall, the madness Covington creates outside the cage is part of his fighting routine at this point, and the WW stresses that he’s looking at “The Diamond” next.
“It’s not my fault Dustin was saying to the media, ‘Oh, it’s on sight when I see Colby,’ but I’ve seen the guy 40 or 50 times since he said it’s on sight,” Covington said. “So who’s the man of their word, who’s not a man of their word? Covington said to MMA Fighting.
Covington last competed in the Octagon against the former champ Tyron Woodley last September. “Chaos” won the fight via doctor stoppage due to a rib injury, and has been angling for a rematch with champ Kamaru Usman ever since.
If the UFC could put a fight on between Poirier and Covington it would be fireworks, but for now, they each seem to be set on their respective divisions. The UFC president Dana White has confirmed Covington as the next title fight for Usman. In addition, Poirier is a shoo-in for the Charles Oliveira title fight, therefore most of what Covington is doing right now is just noise.
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