The world of mixed martial arts is no stranger to heated rivalries and trash-talking, and the latest feud between Belal Muhammad and Colby Covington is no exception. Muhammad recently called out Covington for turning down a potential fight against him at UFC 286 and instead opting to be a backup fighter. Muhammad did not mince his words, calling Covington a "coward" for his decision.
For those unfamiliar with the backstory, Muhammad and Covington have been exchanging barbs on social media for some time now. Muhammad has been eager to get in the octagon with Covington and settle their differences, but it seems that Covington is not interested in a matchup with Muhammad now. Instead, Covington has agreed to be a backup fighter for the main event at UFC 286, which features Leon Edwards defending his title against Kamaru Usman.
Muhammad was quick to react to the news, taking to social media to call out Covington for his decision. In a scathing post, Muhammad accused Covington of being afraid to face him and challenged him to step up and take the fight.
Muhammad's words are not without merit. Covington has a reputation for being a brash and outspoken fighter, but when it comes to actually backing up his words with actions, he seems to fall short. Muhammad is a rising star in the UFC, with a record of 22-3-0, and has proven himself to be a formidable opponent. It's no wonder that Covington might be hesitant to face him.
However, it's worth noting that being a backup fighter is not necessarily a cowardly move. In fact, it's a smart strategic move for Covington. As the backup fighter for the main event, he will still be paid for his time and efforts, and if either Usman or Edwards is unable to compete, he will have the opportunity to step in and fight for the title. It's a win-win situation for Covington, and it's not fair to label him a coward simply for making a smart career move.
That being said, Muhammad's frustration is understandable. As a fighter, he wants to face the best opponents and prove himself in the octagon. Covington's decision to be a backup fighter is a setback for Muhammad, who was looking forward to a potential fight with him. Muhammad has every right to be upset, but it's important to remember that being a backup fighter is not a sign of weakness.