Colby Covington Says Khamzat Chimaev’s Decision Is Not in His Control

Published 01/05/2021, 9:55 AM EST
NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington is interviewed after 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)


Kamaru Usman is set to defend his welterweight title against Gilbert Burns at UFC 258 in February. Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal, Leon Edwards, Khamzat Chimaev, and more contenders are looking for a shot at the welterweight strap.

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Recently, in an interview with Submission Radio, ‘Chaos’ shared his view on the current landscape of the UFC welterweight division. There have been suggestions that if the proposed title fight between Usman and burns falls apart yet again, UFC might push Edwards or Chimaev for a shot at the gold.

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Covington, though, is not too interested in what other fighters are doing as he says he is only focused on his own preparations and body of work.

I’m not really worried about it. I don’t pay attention to people I have never heard of. The fans know what they want. The people know what they want. The UFC knows who does the business, who does the numbers. So, they got their little analytics department who breaks down the numbers and knows what sells and what the people want,” stated the former interim welterweight champion.

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington battles 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)

There’s a reason they call me people’s champ, there’s a reason they call me America’s champ. I wanna give America an explosive show, an entertaining show,” he continued.

Colby Covington says he is just entering his prime years

Covington’s skills inside the Octagon are well respected. But the former title challenger believes that the best version of him as a fighter is yet to come.

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[I am gonna] Give the whole world a display of all my hard work that I’ve been working 26 years for, culminating to this point where I am really coming into my prime and ready to put on those prime explosive performances,” said the former American Top Team member.

That’s up to the UFC. All I can control is what I am in control of. That’s all I take care of and worry about is what I am in control of. And it doesn’t matter who gets put in front of me, they will get stomped in the ground,” he concluded on the topic.

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What do you make of Covington’s assessment? Who should he fight next?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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