There are plenty of personalities to go around in the UFC’s welterweight division. One of which includes interim champion Colby Covington and could soon be including former Bellator and ONE Championship champion Ben Askren.
With Askren’s transition over to MMA’s ultimate proving ground seemingly being inevitable, he’s already let it be known who he may be interested in taking on first. That, of course, being the brash Covington.
Now that the news is public knowledge, Covington shared his thoughts with Submission Radio on the idea of the dominant undefeated wrestler coming over.
“He’s a jobber, he has a padded record. He hasn’t fought anybody. If he comes over to the UFC, let him work his way up. He’s gotta earn his way up. He hasn’t done anything worthy. But the guy’s a joke. He’s not on my level. He knows it. He wants to say these things. He’s old, he’s past his time too, man. And this is my time now. All these guys know it. That’s why all these guys wanna fight me now because they know it’s my time. And when they lose to me it’s gonna be the biggest paycheck they ever get, to lose to me. So, Ben Askren is a joke.
The guy has no skills. He hasn’t hurt a fly in 10 years. He was like in mount on the Russian for five rounds and didn’t put one scratch on the guy’s face. So, I mean, the guy can’t strike. He’s scared to strike. I mean, it’s an easy fight, but he’s got a padded record so we’ll see what happens.”
Because of Covington’s status as interim champion, that makes him next in line for undisputed champion Tyron Woodley once Woodley’s ready to return.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 10/25/2018