“If He’s Smart He’s Going to Wrestle”- Kamaru Usman Explains How He Expects the Best Version of Colby Covington to Show Up

Published 11/04/2021, 9:42 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria battles Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


One of the most anticipated fights of the year is Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington 2. Both men will enter the octagon at UFC 268 on November 6, 2021. The bitter rivals have no love for each other, but have respect for each other’s abilities. Usman and Covington first met at UFC 245 in what was an epic fight. It was a constant back-and-forth battle and Usman eventually came out on top in the fifth round. He dropped Covington twice and won via TKO.

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In the lead-up to the next fight, Usman, in a recent interview, was asked about what he expects from Covington. He said, “I expect the best Colby there ever is, and I try to do that each and every fight. I expect the most dangerous and most violent fights, so nothing surprises me when I get in there. So, I expect him to do the same. If he’s done his homework, then it’s going to be a fun fight for everyone. If he hasn’t, I’ll put him away early, I guarantee you.”

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When asked if Colby will look to wrestle, he said, “I’m just going to be honest, he’s a jacka**. At the end of the day, a jacka** is always going to do what they want to do. Yes, of course, you got a new team, you got a new gym, and you want to do what the coaches are telling you. But you’re a jack** first, so when you realize that things aren’t going your way or the moment they stop going your way, you’re going to resort back to exactly what you want to do. If he’s smart, he’s going to try to wrestle, but then he’s going to learn very quickly that I’m a better wrestler.”

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Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington 2

Usman vs. Covington is one of the biggest grudge matches in the world. Both men hate each other and have never tried to hide it. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ and ‘Chaos‘ both have changed their gyms since the first fight. Covington has blamed his previous gym, American Top Team, for the loss in the first fight, and expects to get past Usman with the current team. He also looked be bigger than before.

 

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Usman has joined ONX Sports and trains closely with Trevor Wittman. Justin Gaethje and Rose Namajunas are also his training partners, and ever since joining ONX, Usman’s striking abilities have improved.

Both men would look to show off their newly gained skills and abilities. The first fight between the two was a brutal one, and the second one shouldn’t be that different. The whole card of UFC 268 is stacked with some epic fights, with Usman vs. Covington being the main event.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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