Colby Covington believes former UFC middleweight champion Kamaru Usman isn’t serious about fighting Khamzat Chimaev.
Usman is coming off back-to-back defeats at the hands of Leon Edwards in their welterweight title fights at UFC 278 and UFC 286 and is now in need of a couple of wins to bounce back into title contention. Recently, the former champ called out Khamzat Chimaev for a fight, which the Chechen-Swede happily accepted.
Dana White dismissed the possibility of a fight between the two, saying Chimaev has moved up to middleweight and that he won’t allow Usman to have a one-off fight in the 185-pound division. The UFC president said that the Nigerian will have to move up to middleweight permanently to fight ‘Borz’.
Colby Covington On Usman vs Chimaev
In a recent interview with Low Kick MMA, Covington was asked about Usman’s call out, and he reacted to it by saying that ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ isn’t serious about fighting Chimaev and he was simply using the call out to gain attention.
“Kamaru Usman knows [Khamzat] Chimaev is already going to middleweight, so he is not going to fight unless they fight at 185 (pounds), then why are you calling that guy out? Looks like Usman is just looking for headlines and attention,” Covington said. “Because he can’t get attention any other way, because he has no charisma. Literally, there’s a wet mop in the corner of my house right now that has more charisma than Marty Fake Newsman.”
Covington last fought at UFC 272, where he defeated Jorge Masvidal by a comfortable decision, and will now likely challenge Edwards for the welterweight title next.
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