Colby Covington Reminds UFC Fans of his Status as the Top Ranked Contender in the Welterweight Division

Published 03/17/2021, 12:28 AM EDT
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 Covington took to Instagram and reminded fans that he’s the top dog of the welterweight division. Chiefly, ‘Chaos’ has surpassed all other contenders in the shark-infested welterweight division to claim the number one ranking. He’s blown past several prominent names, including former champion Tyron Woodley.

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Many fans argue that Colby Covington should be next in line to fight for the undisputed strap against Kamaru Usman. However, the D-1 All American will have to wait his turn as Usman will face Jorge Masvidal. The two will rematch on April 24, 2021, at UFC 261, leaving Covington on the sidelines with his top ranking.

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Kamaru Usman has put a definitive stamp on his welterweight championship run, as he’s already begun servicing rematches. Amongst all his fights, his scrap against Colby Covington was certainly the closest in terms of being competitive. The scorecards were tied 2-2 heading into the fifth round. Subsequently, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ pulled away with a final minute stoppage.

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Covington is coming off a dominant TKO win over former undisputed champion Tyron Woodley in his last outing. The bout served as a main event for a Fight Night card and was the perfect opportunity for ‘Chaos’ to take a stand. He finished ‘The Chosen One’ in the fifth round, a feat Usman wasn’t able to achieve.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: (R-L) Colby Covington punches Tyron Woodley in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Despite the beat downs he’s handed out to former champs like Woodley, Rafael dos Anjos and Robbie Lawler, Covington hasn’t faced current top contenders. He’s yet to scrap against fighters like Gilbert Burns, Jorge Masvidal, or Leon Edwards. Etching a win over any of these top fighters will open the door to bigger opportunities and will bolster his resume.

In fact, a fight against Jorge Masvidal is undoubtedly the fight that fans are most excited to see in the welterweight division. The two are former teammates and friends, and there’s clearly a built-in storyline. However, with both ‘Gamebred’ and ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ booked against each other, fans will expect Covington to stay busy against another top fighter.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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