‘I Would Love to Go Look the Winner in the Eyes’ – Colby Covington Plans Potential Face-Off With the Winner of UFC 261

Published 04/24/2021, 9:34 AM EDT
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)


UFC is ready to host its highly anticipated UFC 261 event at Jacksonville Arena, Florida. The card is stacked for top to bottom with three title fights. The main event will feature Kamaru Usman, the UFC Welterweight champion, versus Jorge Masvidal, in a grudge rematch. The UFC 261 is the first event after UFC 248, where fighters will battle in front of a full capacity crowd.

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An estimated 15,000 fans will enter the building tomorrow to witness the spectacle. One guy who definitely promises to attend the event is former UFC Interim Welterweight Champion, Colby Covington. In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Covington opens up about a potential face-off with the winner of the UFC 261 main event.

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Colby Covington says, “I hope that Dana puts that together. I would love to go look the winner in the eyes and let them know I’m next, you know? And then the fans can see how cowardly they are when they go hiding and they go looking for a way out or retirement or ‘oh, I’m walking away from the sport’.

So I am hoping I get to look them in the eyes tomorrow night, but I don’t know will there be enough men in the building to hold me back to what I am gonna do to the winner tomorrow night.”

Colby Covington and his rivalry with Jorge Masvidal and Kamaru Usman

‘Chaos’ is a rival of both Usman and Masvidal. He has already faced ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ is a very competitive 5-round main event back in December 2019 at UFC 245. Kamaru Usman stopped him in the last minute of the last round. Since then, ‘Chaos’ has constantly demanded a rematch because he thinks now he is prepared to complete his task of becoming the undisputed UFC champion.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 13: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria reacts after his victory over Gilbert Burns of Brazil in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

His beef with his ex-best friend Jorge Masvidal started back in 2019. Covington claims ‘Gamebred’ was jealous of his rapid rise in the Welterweight division, and this ultimately became a major factor for the contention between both Welterweights.

On the other side, ‘The BMF’ said they were friends before Covington failed to pay his coach, who helped him train for the Rafael dos Anjos fight. Since then, they have walked their separate ways.

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Regardless of who wins tomorrow, a bad-blood fight is guaranteed for ‘Chaos’.

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Who do you think is a bigger match-up for Colby Covington- Masvidal, or Usman?

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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