Colby “Chaos” Covington is feeling himself after dismantling Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal at UFC 272. Now he wants Dustin Poirier or a step up to more considerable competition like UFC middleweight champion Israel “The Last Stylebender” Adesanya.
“I think I can definitely go up to 185 and fight Adesanya,” Covington said to Submission Radio. “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 [Kamaru] 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.”
Covington is the former interim welterweight champion, fighting at 170 pounds. Adesanya, who is flawless in the 185-pound weight class, where he holds his title, is currently one of the UFC’s most famous champions.
“It was an easy win for me, easy decision victory. Unanimous,” Covington continued. “So, why can’t I fight Adesanya? He can’t stop my wrestling. I’ll pick him up and drop him on his f*cking head. He’s a cardio kickboxer.
“They got enough cardio kickboxers in women’s classes around the U.S. Like, I could go join one of those as well, but I decided to pick up hard grueling American wrestling. So, I don’t think Adesanya could stop my American wrestling, and I don’t think he’s that good a fighter.”
The Last Stylebender
Adesanya is a former kickboxer from Auckland, New Zealand, who fought for the Glory kickboxing organization, where he challenged for a middleweight title and came up short. He left kickboxing in 2018 and entered the UFC.
“I want to give the fans the biggest and best fight possible,” Covington said. “So, I don’t cut weight to go to 170, so I’m not gonna go up to 185 and make it a full-time home.
“But I’m waiting for the big fights to present themselves. And the two biggest fights in my mind, go beat up Adesanya, the guy who just has cardio kickboxing, he’s not that good of a fighter, he’s not well-rounded, he can’t stop my American wrestling.”
Dustin Poirier: "It's still on sight" with Colby Covington. pic.twitter.com/stZ21YNXsH
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) March 13, 2022
After neutralizing strikers like Masvidal with his Oregon State University-honed wrestling, Covington feels he now has the advantage against strikers. However, with 15 KOs in 23 fights, Covington is making a big bet if he is granted access to Adesanya, with the extra weight taken into account.
Dustin Poirier is ranked higher P4P than Petr Yan, Colby Covington and Robert Whittaker. Outrageous. pic.twitter.com/d5ZsmXO9Tj
— Notorious 🇮🇪 (@Notori6us) March 9, 2022
“I’ll melt that guy. He’ll a hundred percent melt under my pressure and my pace. Or 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? Like, how are you going to live with yourself knowing that I talked down on your family and on your people and your friends and you didn’t do sh*t about it. You didn’t even try.”