Colby Covington Jabs at Stephen Thompson for Title Shot Comments

Colby CovingtonUFC welterweight contender Colby Covington thinks that Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson shouldn’t be anywhere near the welterweight title picture, regardless of how his upcoming fight goes with Gilbert Burns at UFC 264. Covington is still waiting on contract negotiations for a potential welterweight title rematch with Kamaru Usman. Thompson has emerged in the top-five after an […]

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UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington thinks that Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson shouldn’t be anywhere near the welterweight title picture, regardless of how his upcoming fight goes with Gilbert Burns at UFC 264.

Covington is still waiting on contract negotiations for a potential welterweight title rematch with Kamaru Usman. Thompson has emerged in the top-five after an impressive performance against Geoff Neal late last year.

Since being knocked out by Anthony Pettis, Thompson has rebounded in a big way with back-to-back wins. He is one of the few atop the UFC welterweight division who hasn’t fought against Usman yet and has been calling for a shot for months.

Covington fell to Usman at UFC 245 and won in his return to the octagon against former champion Tyron Woodley shortly thereafter. However, it’s safe to say that Covington doesn’t think Thompson has much stock when figuring out who should be Usman’s next title challenger.

“He’s gonna get hurt, for sure,” Covington said of Thompson. “He’s gonna come back for a paycheck, and these guys don’t know when to leave. You’ve got to know when it’s your time to hang it up. Your time has passed, you’re gonna get really hurt if you want to stay in this. But some guys want to take a paycheck to ruin their health.”

“He’s had, what, two or three title shots? He’s had more title shots than anyone in this division. He got destroyed by Woodley. He got dropped, bloody. Man, the guy’s a bum. I don’t know why he’s trying to talk like he deserves a title shot.”

Covington is widely expected to be the next opponent for Usman, who knocked out his former teammate Jorge Masvidal back at UFC 261 earlier this year. Covington has easily provided the toughest test to date for Usman despite falling by fifth-round knockout.

Thompson vs. Burns at UFC 264 is sure to be entertaining, and definitely a standup battle in its own right. A spectacular performance by either Burns or Thompson could give them the next title shot, despite UFC president Dana White already committing to Covington as the next title challenger.

Do you think Stephen Thompson deserves a title shot with a win over Gilbert Burns?

Belal Muhammad Wants Colby Covington Next, Calls Him Out For Inactivity

Belal MuhammadUFC welterweight Belal Muhammad has made it clear that he wants Colby Covington next. After earning a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia at UFC 263, Muhammad is looking to get one step closer to a title shot. With a lot of the top guys in the division already booked, the list of big names […]

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UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad has made it clear that he wants Colby Covington next.

After earning a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia at UFC 263, Muhammad is looking to get one step closer to a title shot. With a lot of the top guys in the division already booked, the list of big names to fight are thin. However, Muhammad does have his sights on one guy above him that is available, Colby Covington. (H/T mmajunkie.com)

“I still don’t understand why Colby’s getting the title fight,” Muhammad said. “Yeah, it was a great fight, but you got your jaw broken and you’ve been sitting on the sidelines ever since that fight.”

“Usman fought three times since that fight, and you’re just sitting out,” Muhammad continued. “It’s not like you’re a huge pay-per-view draw. It’s not like if I’m Usman, I’m like, ‘Yeah, let me get that Colby fight, I’m gonna get 800,00 pay-per-views.’ The first one did 200,000 pay-per-views, so it’s not like you’re gonna make a big payday with that, regardless.”

Covington has been much less active then the rest of the fighter at the top of the welterweight division. Since losing that fight to Usman at UFC 245 in December of 2019, he has only fought once. That one fight was a fifth round TKO win over Tyron Woodley in September of 2020.

Even with that information out there, it still has not deterred Muhammad desire to fight Covington next.

“I want Colby more than anybody,” Muhammad said. “The hatred I have for that guy is levels above Leon. Of course I want Leon back just because the way that one ended, but Colby’s still a level above him.

“I’ve been calling out Colby since I fought in Australia against Tim Means. I’ve always wanted to fight Colby Covington. With this last fight showing that I can defend a takedown, it shows people that it will be a great matchup.

“It will be a fun matchup to see what happens if Colby can’t get a takedown, what’s he gonna do?”

Do you think Belal Muhammad should fight Colby Covington next?

Belal Muhammad Believes Covington Is Not Deserving Of A Title Shot

Belal Muhammad does not believe Colby Covington should be in the welterweight title mix. After impressing at UFC 263 by defeating UFC veteran Demain Maia via unanimous decision, Muhammad took a step closer to hopefully getting a title shot in the welte…

Belal Muhammad does not believe Colby Covington should be in the welterweight title mix. After impressing at UFC 263 by defeating UFC veteran Demain Maia via unanimous decision, Muhammad took a step closer to hopefully getting a title shot in the welterweight division. Now ranked in the top ten, Muhammad is hoping to get a […]

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Edwards Says It’d Be “F**ed Up” If Colby Covington Gets Title Shot

After beating Nate Diaz by unanimous decision last weekend at UFC 263, Leon Edwards believes he should be next to fight the 170lbs champ Kamaru Usman. Leon Edwards, 29, holds a professional record of 19-3 and is on a nine-fight unbeaten streak. As it s…

After beating Nate Diaz by unanimous decision last weekend at UFC 263, Leon Edwards believes he should be next to fight the 170lbs champ Kamaru Usman. Leon Edwards, 29, holds a professional record of 19-3 and is on a nine-fight unbeaten streak. As it stands, the welterweight who cut his teeth in the rougher parts […]

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Kamaru Usman Receives Epic Welcome During Visit To Nigeria

Kamaru UsmanKamaru Usman felt the hometown love during a recent visit to his native Nigeria. The UFC welterweight king has proudly put the soul of Nigeria on his back. Usman has repeatedly spoken of how important it is to him as a champion and a man to show love for his native country. This week, his […]

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Kamaru Usman felt the hometown love during a recent visit to his native Nigeria.

The UFC welterweight king has proudly put the soul of Nigeria on his back. Usman has repeatedly spoken of how important it is to him as a champion and a man to show love for his native country. This week, his homeland gave him the love right back.

In his first trip home since defending the welterweight title against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261, Usman received a roaring welcome as he arrived at the Lagos Food Bank in the country’s capital city. Usman shared a video of the homecoming through his Instagram story feed, which Damon Martin captured.

The hometown crowd had much to celebrate. Usman captured a Performance of the Night bonus, knocking Masvidal out in the second round of the main event. The win put a stamp on Usman’s dominance in the sport. He’s currently undefeated in the UFC and has only one professional loss from back in 2013. As to Usman’s status as the welterweight GOAT, the debate has already begun as he looks to add another title defense later this summer.

Usman is looking to retain his title in a much-anticipated rematch with the division’s top contender, Colby Covington, later this year. Although a date is yet to be confirmed, the UFC has hinted at the rematch happening in the fall.

For his part, Covington has been very vocal about the rematch and critical of Usman. He has taken to social media to bash the champion.

With the rematch not finalized, Covington has also accused Usman of ducking him because of the rematch. Still, Usman is unfazed as Covington’s accusations join the list with others like Leon Edwards. For now, he is enjoying receiving the love as the pride of Nigeria.

Do you think Kamaru Usman will defend his title against Colby Covington in their rematch?