‘Election is Over!’- Michael Chiesa Calls Out Colby Covington For Next Fight

Published 01/20/2021, 3:46 PM EST
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA – JANUARY 25: Michael Chiesa celebrates after his decision victory over Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at PNC Arena on January 25, 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Michael Chiesa just out-wrestled Neil Magny on the road to his first-ever 5-round fight win in the UFC. This fight brought Magny’s resurgent win-streak to an end and extended Chiesa’s win streak to 4. This would entitle him to one of the top-ranked opponents, even though Welterweight is absolutely stacked at the top.

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Many hypothesized that a good next fight would be against Tyron Woodley, Demian Maia, or the loser of Leon Edwards vs Khamzat Chimaev. However, Chiesa wants a big fight. In his post-fight interview, Chiesa made his target crystal clear. Colby Covington.

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Colby is currently rumored to be fighting Jorge Masvidal next. That rivalry has been a long-time coming, so it is unlikely the UFC will choose Chiesa over a possible Masvidal super-fight.

However, there are many issues that have held up the booking of that fight. If the fight is hard to book, Colby could take a warm-up fight. He has shown he isn’t afraid, so he may just do it.

Michael Chiesa vs Colby Covington: Who wins?

While Chiesa had an impressive win, the odds have to be in Covington’s favor. Colby took the current Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman to the 5th-round and is arguably the best fighter in the division outside Usman.

Chiesa showed how elite his wrestling is, but he won’t be able to out-scramble Colby like he could Neil Magny.

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NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington celebrates his victory over Robbie Lawler in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Prudential Center on August 3, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Colby’s stand up is way more dangerous than Chiesa’s. One could argue the merits on the ground. While Covington is definitely a better wrestler, Chiesa is the better BJJ practitioner. But Colby’s wrestling style rarely allows the pocket of spaces that a BJJ enthusiast may need to get themselves out of tough situations.

This was a great win for Chiesa, and he called his shot out really well. He picked a high-profile opponent, which will get everyone talking.

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While it is more realistic for him to face someone like Maia, no one should fault him for seeking Colby. As for an actual fight? Chiesa would definitely be fighting from underneath Colby in terms of odds.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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