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“Scared” After Coming Face to Face With Khabib’s Dagestani Fighter, Colby Covington’s Confession Gets Exposed by Russian Ex-teammate

Published 11/20/2023, 8:59 PM EST

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UFC is not just about fighting, and Colby Covington has proved it time and again. The UFC Welterweight fighter is famous, more because of his unique persona than his fighting skills! Rightfully nicknamed ‘Chaos’, Covington is often identified for his outspoken and polarizing personality. Earlier this year, Covington sparked a huge controversy when he threatened commentator Jon Anik saying that he didn’t want Anik’s “kids to grow up without a dad.”

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From controversial interviews to bold call-outs, the UFC 296 main event fighter has done it all! Moreover, he has been subjected to intense criticism, not only from fans but also from fellow fighters. Recently, the UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s old friend had some shocking revelations about Covington!

Magomed Magomedkerimov, an old friend of Khabib, speaks about Colby Covington


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Recently, a YouTube channel named ‘Young ‘n’ Faded MMA Society’ uploaded a video where Magomed Magomedkerimov made an honest confession about Colby Covington. Magomedkerimov was earlier trained by Khabib Nurmagomedov, before switching to the ATT gym. ‘Chaos’ also trained at the ATT for some time!

In the video, Magomedkerimov doesn’t shy away from revealing his aversion to Covington. “I haven’t sparred or wrestled him. I disliked him as a person, as soon as I met him. He seemed like a racist. He was also cocky in his mannerisms,” he said. Further, the Russian fighter also mentioned Covington’s controversial statements that routinely go viral on social media.


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“Often, I saw how he popped on Instagram, saying all kinds of things about everybody,” he said. Next, he revealed something none of the fans expected! According to the 33-year-old, he once had a tough confrontation with the UFC star!

“So at the gym, me and two of my buddies, one of whom speaks good english, approached him and pressed him,” Magomedkerimov revealed. “He got scared and denied everything. He was like: It wasn’t me, my manager writes everything for me,” he added.

This was certainly a shocking and bold revelation made by Magomed. In fact, the Russian has expressed his dislike towards Covington a few other times. When the American’s offensive remarks about Khabib Nurmagomedov, Magomed said, “Covington said bad things about Khabib and the sheep” which caused the conflict.  He continued “Omari Akhmedov and the translator and I approached him, he said – I didn’t write it, it was my manager who wrote it, it’s just business, and I have nothing against it. He is like that, if you come up to him, scold him, he can call the police – he himself will not answer for his words. If he had said that he wrote this, he could have been given a slap in the face so that he would not say such things again.”

In another interview in 2019, the Russian fighter said “Yesterday there was just an incident. Jorge came into the hall, and Colby was sitting in the corner. And Jorge shows him with gestures – I’ll shoot you, come here. Colby sat there like a girl and didn’t even get up. There are managers in the hall here, they don’t allow you to touch him or even approach him.”

With the amount of confidence Covington oozes on social media, one can imagine the impact such allegations will have on his ‘tough guy’ character.

Magomed Magomedkerimov about former coach Khabib Nurmagomedov


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Currently, Magomedkerimov fights in the PFL and has a record of 33-6. A few years ago, the Russian MMA fighter was trained by none other than ‘The Eagle’. In an interview with MMANews, Magomedkerimov talked about the coaching prowess of his mentor and old friend.

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“We grew up in the same area, so he knows me as a person and a fighter very well. He has a chance to be the greatest coach ever,” he said. “His attention to detail, his relationship with the fighters, it’s unique. I’ve never seen anyone transition (from fighter to coach) so easily,” he added.


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Fast forward to the present day, Nurmagomedov has stepped away from coaching. Do you want to see him back? Also, what are your opinions about Magomed Magomedkerimov’s confession about Colby Covington? Let us know in the comments below.

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Written by:

Sushant Sharma


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I am a 24-year-old MMA enthusiast and a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. My passion for mixed martial arts has been a significant part of my life for over five years. Having previously trained in boxing, I developed a deep appreciation for combat sports.
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Joyita Das