“That Guy Lost to the Common Cold”- Colby Covington Believes Khamzat Chimaev Doesn’t Stand a Chance Against Him

Published 11/04/2021, 2:06 PM EDT
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)


Khamzat Chimaev is regarded as one of the UFC’s most promising welterweights right now. The Swedish fighter has stunned the world by consistently demonstrating his dominance in the octagon. He is currently undefeated in his professional fighting career, which now stands at 10-0.

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‘Borz’ has sparked interest among almost all MMA fans, and many consider him to be the future champion. He has also attracted attention from his fellow divisional contenders.

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Recently, the number 1 welterweight contender, Colby Covington, appeared in an interview and spoke about a variety of topics. One of them was the upcoming star Khamzat Chimaev. 

He said, You mean c**shot Chimaev? How does a guy who has three fights in the UFC be considered for a title shot? He hasn’t fought anybody inside the top ten. He hasn’t fought anybody that’s even really still in the UFC. I mean his last fight, nobody knows who he fought. Who is that guy? I’ve never heard of that Chinese guy. No one’s heard of that guy. So, he’s fighting a bunch of washouts. A bunch of guys that have been tailor-made, that can’t wrestle. That he can take down and win.”

“C**shot Chimaev was a bum. He was losing a fight to the common cold. He was ready to retire over the common cold. You think c**shot Chimaev has a chance against me? That guy lost to the common cold. He was ready to retire to something that’s a 99.9 percent survival rate. If he gets in an octagon with me, I promise you it’s less than a 99 survival rate. “

Colby Covington is all set up for his rematch against his arch-rival Kamaru Usman at UFC 268 this weekend. The fighters will be battling it off for the UFC welterweight championship title, in a five-round fight. 

What’s next for Khamzat Chimaev in the UFC?

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Khamzat Chimaev made headlines after his dominant win over Li Jingliang at UFC 267. The Swedish fighter came back to the octagon after almost a year-long hiatus and looked as if he had never left. His impressive form created buzz and many fans have been speculating about who he will be fighting next.

It is possible that Chimaev may take on Neil Magny after his dominant win last weekend. Following their social media interactions, Magny has already expressed interest in fighting ‘Borz’.

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As the 10-0 fighter has stated that he is willing to face any opponent the UFC throws at him, Nate Diaz is another possible opponent for ‘Borz.’ Chimaev recently called Diaz out in his post-fight press conference. According to a recent interview, UFC president Dana White seems interested as well.

Hence, Chimaev can face literally anyone as the matchmakers view him highly and every fighter wants to test themselves against him.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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