“Top 15 Welterweights of All Time”- Kamaru Usman Makes a Surprise Admission on Colby Covington Ahead of UFC 268

Published 10/08/2021, 9:38 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: (R-L) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria butts heads with Colby Covington in their UFC welterweight championship bout during the UFC 245 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images


UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is currently preparing for his UFC 268 fight against Colby Covington. The duo will engage in a rematch having previously clashed at UFC 245 in what has been considered by fans as one of the best title fights of all time. However, there has been some major bad blood between the duo before and even after the contest.

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Recently, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ sat down for an interview with Helen Yee. Usman made a surprise revelation about his opponent. While it’s clear that the Nigerian fighter is not a fan of Covington as a person, he applauds the skills that ‘Chaos’ possesses. Usman believes Covington is one of the best welterweights of all time.

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He’s definitely up there. I’m no hater. I give props where props is due. I think probably Colby is, I would put him in the top 15 welterweights of all time. As far fighter wise and skill wise and the way that he fights. You might not like him personally which I really don’t, but as far as skill wise, I know he’s a good fighter, very very good fighter,” said Usman.

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)

Covington is a decisive personality among the UFC faithful. His character might fool many into downplaying his abilities inside the Octagon. But, that’s not at all the case as ‘Chaos’ is in fact one of the top fighters in the division and has an incredible record. So, Usman might just be right here in his assessment.

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Usman vs Covington 1 was an instant classic. And one can expect the same sort of back-and-forth contest in November as well. Covington especially will be determined to level the score against Usman. Also, the chance of becoming the undisputed champion of the division for the first time will be added motivation for him.

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Both fighters have certainly evolved from their previous meeting. While Usman has been very active since then, Covington has fought only once. So, it will be an intriguing spectacle for the fans to see how the second part of one of the biggest rivalries in the promotion’s history plays out.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is a senior UFC 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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