Colby Covington on Khabib Nurmagomedov: ‘He doesn’t stand a chance against a guy like me’

Khabib Nurmagomedov, Colby Covington

The current UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington knows that Tyron Woodley is next. But he has interest in another champion afterward.

Of course, that all depends on Covington getting past Woodley first. But he seems as confident as always that he would make light work of the UFC’s lightweight champion as he told Submission Radio.

“[Khabib Nurmagomedov] doesn’t stand a chance against a guy like me, I can tell you that. And that’s the reason he’s cutting all that weight to go to lightweight. He knows he has no chance to win at welterweight.

There’s guys like me who can wrestle back into him and who can strike and do Jiu Jitsu and get up off the bottom. So, it’s a completely different fight. That’s why he cuts all that weight to go lightweight. He’s scared at welterweight. So, after I finish dunking my balls on Tyron Woodley and finishing his career off, I’ll be looking for that fight. If he wants to meet in the middle – I’m not a big 170, so we can meet right in the middle at 162, right in the middle of 155-170, and we can have this super fight at 162. But I have a feeling he’s gonna get scared and he’s gonna back out and his dad’s gonna tell him to retire before he fights me.”

Nurmagomedov is still waiting to receive his punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his post-fight antics at UFC 229. Until then and after his suspension is decided, the unbeaten Russian will be on the shelf.

As for Covington, he’s been out since he won his interim title in June by defeating former UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos.

Healing up from a hand injury, Woodley expects to be back in early 2019 so perhaps that’s when we’ll see the top of the 170-pound weight class start moving again.

 

This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/25/2018