Colby Covington is already looking past Leon Edwards.
After more than a year away from fighting, Covington will return to the Octagon in Las Vegas for UFC 296, where he’ll challenge Edwards for the welterweight title. The American, who has lost both of his previous two title fights, is confident that the third time will be the charm and he’s already looking at future matchups.
In a recent interview with CODE Sports, Covington said that he’d love to fight UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland in the future.
“Strickland is pretending to be everything he wishes I was,” Covington said. “I’d love to slap Sean Strickland around. He’s just a pathetic excuse of a human being, the guy has no fricking IQ. The guy’s so f***ing stupid. The things he says, he needs to get his mouth wired shut and I’m the guy to do it. The UFC knows I’m the one that can end these guys that hate the company and they hate the world, so I would love to fight Sean Strickland.”
Covington, who last fought against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272 in March 2022, also said that should he beat Edwards, he’d like to defend his title against UFC lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev.
Before Covington and Strickland can consider a possible champion vs champion fight, they have to win their next fights. Strickland is set to defend his crown against Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297 in Toronto, Ontario next month.
Who do you think would win a potential fight between Colby Covington and Sean Strickland?