Colby Covington eyes future bouts with champs Israel Adesanya, Islam Makhachev


Colby Covington is sure that he will win every time he competes against welterweight champion Leon Edwards and wear the belt around his waist. When that occurs, “Chaos” will try to upend things even more.

The No. 1 contender for Edwards, Covington, told MMA Fighting that he hopes the fight may happen in August. In terms of his goals after winning the welterweight title, Covington is still hoping to compete against middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, a fight he was interested in after defeating Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272 more than a year ago.

“Absolutely [I’d still love that matchup], I think that’s a huge fight and it’s a fight of high magnitude,” Covington told MMA Fighting. “I like the matchup, to be honest. I don’t think he can hang with me. I think I take him down, I beat him from pillar to post and I just break him inside that octagon. He can’t hang with the cardio king. He’s not ready for raw American steel and twisted sex appeal.”

“I would love that fight, champion vs. champion, USA vs. wherever he’s from New Zealand or whatever, let’s get this going.”

At UFC 287 in April, Adesanya just reclaimed the middleweight title by knocking out Alex Pereira in the second round. The victor of the upcoming fight between former champion Robert Whittaker and Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 290, according to White, will probably face “The Last Stylebender” for the title later this year.

Covington believes he can stop Adesanya if future timings align, but the middleweight champion won’t want the fight because of Covington’s pace and style.

“I don’t think he wants to fight a high-level wrestler like me,” Covington told various news outlets. “Someone that can just keep up and be in his face the whole entire time, pressuring him. I’m not just going to shoot one takedown, I’m going to shoot 5,000 takedowns and be in your face and break you.”

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