‘That Guy Almost Finished You in the First Round’- Colby Covington Questions Kamaru Usman’s Chin After His Win Over Gilbert Burns

Published 02/16/2021, 10:31 PM EST
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)


Kamaru Usman impressed even his critics with his knockout win over Gilbert Burns at UFC 258. But, his former opponent, Colby Covington, wasn’t in awe of the champion’s performance. Rather, he was quite critical about how ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ carried himself in that fight.

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Usman got caught with a clean shot from Burns early in the fight and seemed to be in real trouble. Instead of capitalizing on that window of opportunity, ‘Durinho’ decided to play it safe and let Usman recover.

Covington was skeptical of both men as he believes he is the kryptonite for ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’. He said, “Yeah, I think that that looks like a guy, you know, really primed to get knocked out his next fight. And I want to be the one to deliver it. You know, he looks a little Chinny, you know?”

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“Gilbert you know, he’s an oversized midget amazing. 55 er get knocked out by 55 ers. You know, the guy’s, the guy’s nothing, you know, and that guy came out and dropped you almost finished you in the first round,” Covington started.

“You got lucky to get out of that, that he fell on his back and just sat there for five minutes and let you recover. But besides that, you know, I didn’t see anything special. You know, I didn’t I see a guy that’s gotten worse. You know, he changed camps,” ‘Chaos’ added.

The former interim champion claimed that Usman looked a different fighter in a worse way and believed he was declining in his progression. Covington felt that ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ was someone he wanted to expose to the world as he gave them a glimpse of “Colby Two ‘Chaos’ Covington 2.0.” 

Colby Covington has been Kamaru Usman’s toughest test to date

Covington and Usman fought at UFC 245 with ‘The Nigerian Nightmare‘ coming out triumphant via a finish in the fifth round. Many believe ‘Chaos‘ was actually winning that fight before getting finished. Also, some controversial calls might have affected the outcome.

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington is introduced prior to his welterweight bout against Robbie Lawler 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)

One might argue that the fight could very well have gone Covington’s way. However, that wasn’t the case. But, a rematch in the foreseeable future is almost certain to happen. And Covington will be more determined than ever to right the wrong.

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Who do you think wins in a rematch between the two top welterweights? Let us know your thoughts below.

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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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