Michael Chiesa Believes ‘S**t Human Being’ Colby Covington Does Not Deserve the Next Title Shot Against Kamaru Usman

Published 07/05/2021, 12:27 AM EDT
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)


Kamaru Usman has been an extremely active champion in 2021. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has defended his belt twice in the space of 70 days. Two impressive knockout wins over the likes of Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal have installed him as a front runner in the race for the fighter of the year. 

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Per Dana White, The Nigerian Nightmare’ will most likely defend his belt later this year against Colby Covington. However, that decision has not gone down well with number 6th ranked welterweight Michael Chiesa. 

In a chat with Michael Bisping, ‘The Maverick’ said, “I think whoever wins between me and Luque should be next. I don’t even want to say the guy’s name, because you know who’s name I’m going to say next. I don’t this f—king guy should be able to win one fight in a year and sit on the sidelines”

Maverick’ continued, “What’s more important in the sport? Winning fights and backing up a win streak, or just being a guy that just — think about the things that he says… And not to mention, he didn’t even draw that many numbers! He thinks he’s this huge pay-per-view draw. F—k Colby Covington!”(h/t bloodyelbow.com)

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“I think he’s a fierce competitor, but I just think he’s a s—t human being,” Chiesa concluded.

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In the podcast, Chiesa also mentioned that since losing to Usman, Covington has only beaten Woodley. He continued that if that is the criteria for getting a title shot, Luque should beat ‘Chaos’ to a championship match as he stopped Woodley in one round and Covington took five. 

Luque is on an impressive three-fight win streak and Michael Chiesa is on a four-fight win streak. The two men will face each other at UFC 265 next month and the winner will be one step closer to a title shot. 

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In the past, Covington was snubbed for a title shot when Darren Till was given the opportunity ahead of him. Therefore, despite White’s assurances, it is not certain that Covington will fight Usman next. In that case, a fight against the winner of Luque vs Chiesa makes a lot of sense in the welterweight division. 

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What do you make of Michael Chiesa’s assessment? Do you think Colby Covington deserves a title shot over the rest of the candidates? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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