Daniel Cormier thinks very highly of former interim UFC welterweight champion Colby Covington.
The former UFC two-division champ recently said that it’s impressive how Covington has achieved so much in his career, even though he doesn’t have the same physical advantages as some of the top fighters in the sport.
Covington hasn’t been in a fight since he beat Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272, staying out of the spotlight for almost a year, following Masvidal’s brutal attack on him outside a Miami restaurant about a month after their bout.
Nevertheless, he’s getting ready for a comeback against Edwards for the welterweight title at UFC 296. The fight will be his third attempt to secure the belt, and Cormier thinks there’s a good reason to believe that the third time will be the charm.
“He’s not the biggest, he’s not the fastest, he’s not the strongest. But, he wins.” Cormier said during a recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience. “With those abilities, right, he’s become a two-time NCAA All-American. He has been the UFC interim champion, he’s fought for the belt two times, and he’s fighting for the belt another time. But nothing about Colby jumps off the page. He’s meat and potatoes.
“As meat and potatoes as it gets. Volume and cardio, but all that comes with hard work. That, he’s not going to outjump anyone. He’s not going to jump higher than anybody. He’s not going to run faster than anybody. But with his abilities, he’s done that. That’s crazy! We’ve seen many people like this, who don’t accomplish what Colby Covington’s accomplished. I think Colby Covington is a tremendous man.”
Do you agree with Daniel Cormier?