Shavkat Rakhmonov Drops Bone Chilling Response to Colby Covington’s Trash Talk as UFC Star Remains Unfazed – “When He’s Face to Face With Me…”

Published 12/14/2023, 3:41 AM EST

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Colby Covington has made a name for himself with his trash talk and his cocky persona in the UFC.  ‘Chaos’, a former UFC interim welterweight champion, is set to take on Leon Edwards at UFC 296. The fight will mark Covington’s 3rd attempt at claiming the undisputed UFC belt that has eluded his grasp. However, his trash talk seems to not affect another rising welterweight contender!

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Shavkat Rakhmonov will also be taking part in the UFC 296 event and will be taking on veteran Karate-stylist, Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson. Ahead of the event, at the media day, Rakhmonov revealed his thoughts on Covington’s trash talk as the two fighters belong to the same division and can face each other in the future. Let’s take a look at what ‘Nomad’ had to say!

Colby Covington given a grim reminder by Shavkat Rakhmonov

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From mispronouncing fighter’s names to taking shots at their fighting styles, Colby Covington has left no stone unturned when it comes to trash talk. The UFC welterweight is so notorious for his persona that it even prompted his upcoming opponent Leon Edwards to state that, “He comes out and plays a character”.

Shavkat Rakhmonov was recently asked about his thoughts on Covington’s trash talk about Kazakh fighters not engaging in the same.  In response, he made an interesting remark.

Rakhmonov stated, “Yeah we know Colby likes to trash talk, especially when he’s in front of the cameras. But I know when he’s face to face with me, he’s not going to say anything”

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As Covington’s words continue to stir controversy, Rakhmonov remains unfazed, asserting that when face-to-face, the American won’t maintain the same level of bravado. In conclusion, Colby Covington’s reputation for intense trash talk and promotional antics precedes him as he gears up for his fight against Leon Edwards at UFC 296, aiming for the elusive undisputed UFC belt.

However, the champion has come out and slammed fans and analysts for considering Covington’s ‘cardio’ could be a weapon that he could utilize against ‘Rocky’!

Covington’s skillset doesn’t faze Leon Edwards 

Leon Edwards, the reigning champion, obtained and defended the title against Covington’s former adversary, Kamaru Usman. In a recent media day interview, Edwards stated that he was unimpressed by Covington’s recent victories. He also criticized his opponent’s skill set, emphasizing his reliance on cardio and facing washed-up opponents as the combination for his perceived success.

According to Edwards, “I don’t think he’s talented, he’s more of a hard worker. He’s more cardio than skills. They’re judging the cardio off beating Robbie Lawler five years ago, six years ago. He’s in for a totally different shock.”

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Edwards predicts Covington is in for a surprise on Saturday night. He challenged the notion that title challenger’s cardio is his only significant strength. ‘Rocky’ also asserted that he is not comparable to Jorge Masvidal. He cited Gamebred’s imminent retirement and financial motivations in his fight against Covington as reasons for his victory.

The UFC welterweight champion believes the American is in for a harsh reality check come fight night. The Englishman signaled a showdown at UFC 296 that promises not only physical prowess but also a clash of perspectives on skills and success in the welterweight division!

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Do you think Colby Covington can implement his high-output pressure fighting style against the technical and elusive Edwards? What did you make of Rakhmonov’s claims about ‘Chaos’? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 

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I am Dushyant Patni, a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. My passion for Mixed Martial Arts started because my father used to be a boxer and a martial arts fanatic. It passed down to me as my first pair of boxing gloves were his old ones! Prior to joining EssentiallySports, I honed my writing and editing skills across various organizations as a writer and an editor.
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