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Colby Covington eyes welterweight matchup with weight bully Islam Makhachev

Colby Covington is sure that he will win every time he competes against welterweight champion Leon Edwards and wear the belt around his waist. When that occurs, "Chaos" will try to upend things even more.

The No. 1 contender for Edwards, Covington, told MMA Fighting that he hopes the fight may happen in August.

If Covington were to win the undisputed welterweight belt, lightweight champion Islam Makhachev would be a prospective opponent that would intrigue him.

Covington has previously addressed a prospective bout with Makhachev, but when asked if he and the UFC have previously talked it, the 35-year-old claims they have — whether it be at welterweight or lightweight.

“I think it’s a very realistic possibility,” Covington said of a fight with Makhachev. “There were conversations backstage in the past that we had about [a fight with Makhachev], and if I could make 155 because I’m not a big 170 [pounder]. I don’t cut much weight – 15-20 pounds max if I’m just completely eating as much as I can stuff in my face.

“So I know we probably walk around at the same weight, he’s just a weight bully. He’s cutting all that weight to get the advantage at lightweight because there’s no wrestlers, there’s no guys that can give him any trouble. So of course, he wants to be in that division, the same division his daddy Khabib [Nurmagomedov] used to own.

“There’s a reason Khabib never came to 170, fought at welterweight because King Colby’s here and he knows I’ll stop his wrestling and punch him in the face until he quits.”


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