‘The Guy Hasn’t Even Beat Anybody in the Top-10’ – Colby Covington Claims to End the Khamzat Chimaev Hype

Published 12/13/2021, 2:15 PM EST
SINGAPORE – JUNE 17: Colby Covington of United States (front) reacts after his fight with Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea (back) in the Welterweight Bout during UFC Singapore Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 17, 2017 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)


Ever since Colby Covington lost against the welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in a title rematch, fans have been speculating a potential clash between him and the surging star Khamzat Chimaev.

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The Chechen-born recently made headlines after his dominant win at UFC 267. He is undefeated in the UFC and this was his third first-round finish in a row. With this victory, ‘Borz’ broke into the top-15 and is ranked number 11 in the welterweight division of UFC.

However, ‘Chaos’ believes the Swedish fighter is yet to conquer more in the promotion to earn a fight against him. Also, the California native claimed to dominate ‘Borz’ and put an end to his hype if the fight ever came to fruition.

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While talking to Submission Radio, Chaos said, “Honestly, guys, I don’t think they can sanction that fight legally yet. I think that there’s such a discrepancy in the rankings. And, the guy hasn’t even beat anybody in the top-10 yet. I have been in the top 10 for five years now. Beating champion after champion.”

“So I don’t even know if a commission would allow this fight to go through. But this fight, if the only way it would look, would be complete domination, Colby Covington and corporate just going out there and ending all that hype.”

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“The same type of hype that all the clickbait journalists all the MMA media out there put on Street Judas Masvidal that same hype. They hype him up and then boom, it gets halted, and it gets halted in a very violent way. You don’t wanna hurt a kid’s career before even it gets started. You send him up here. He’s never gonna be the same person again.”

Will Colby Covington vs Khamzat Chimaev Come to Fruition

When it comes to welterweight in the UFC, ‘Chaos’ is one of the most prominent names. He has an amazing professional record of 16-3 under his name. Meanwhile, ‘Borz’ has become a household name since UFC 263.

Even though the Chechen-born is an undefeated fighter, he hasn’t competed against top-tier UFC fighters. On the other hand, the California native has competed against some of the best in the division.

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Covington’s recent loss came against the UFC champion. And right after his defeat, ‘Chaos’ claimed to map his way again for the third clash against Usman. However, he won’t opt for an opponent out of the top-10.

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Instead, since he’s lost at UFC 268, ‘Chaos’ has been calling out his friend turned rival Jorge Masvidal. Currently, this is the fight that interests him the most, as the former interim champion wants to settle his beef inside the UFC cage.

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Hence, UFC fans might not see Covington vs Chimaev for now. However, anything can happen in the MMA sport. And in a promotion like UFC, surprising things are possible.

What are your thoughts on Covington’s words? Do you think he will fight Chimaev?

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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