Colby Covington is keen to protect his UFC welterweight territory and says he will be ready to beat him once the much-touted Khamzat Chimaev has some major wins.
Of all the UFC debutants this year, it is undeniable that Chimaev has made the biggest impression yet.
The Chechnya-born Swede won three fights in just 66 days, starting with his debut on UFC Fight Island last summer.
He defeated middleweight John Phillips and welterweight Rhys McKee within 10 days and absorbed a total of only two blows in those two fights.
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Chimaev continued his impressive start to his UFC career with an impressive 17-second knockout from the highly experienced Gerald Meerschaert on his Las Vegas debut.
Ever-confident Chimaev has since put the gauntlet on a number of fighters, with Demian Maia, Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson and, more recently, middleweight champion Israel Adesanya being noted by the dominant newcomer.
One fighter who doesn’t care too much about the effects of Chimaev is Colby Covington. The former interim welterweight champion says he’ll notice as soon as the newcomer hits some big names. See you? He’s not on his radar.
“I don’t even know who that is, man,” Covington told Submission Radio.
“I remember they said there was a kid in my preliminary rounds who was fighting and he had a lot of hype. He hadn’t fought anyone who was in the top 50 in the world.
“They didn’t even get me into the building before the co-main event so I didn’t see the preliminaries and this kid you’re talking about, but if he makes some rankings and becomes someone, come and see me. “
Covington is widely expected to face former training partner Jorge Masvidal in his next fight. The winner will likely face the world welterweight title winner between champion Kamaru Usman and top contender Gilbert Burns.
Chimaev seems more than confident that he will soon find himself in the cover picture, especially if he maintains his recent trajectory.
But, Covington says, should Borz work his way into his league, he’ll wipe out the dangerous newcomer’s momentum.
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“I’m the greatest fighter in the world,” Covington said.
“I don’t want to avoid anyone, I want to beat anyone and everyone in the way. You want to get the hype machine behind these kids and think they’re great, and this and that.
“This hype machine will stop in a second when you see Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington.”