Colby Covington Thinks Khabib Nurmagomedov Avoided Him

Colby Covington doesn’t believe Khabib Nurmagomedov wanted any part of him.

While most have showered Nurmagomedov with praise following his retirement announcement, Covington has not. Nurmagomedov revealed he’s walking away from the sport of MMA following his second-round submission victory over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. “The Eagle” wraps up his pro MMA career with a record of 29-0.

Covington, a former interim UFC Welterweight Champion, appeared on Submission Radio and made it clear that he feels Khabib never moved up to 170 pounds to avoid a fight against him (h/t

“I think I’m the man and I’m the reason that he doesn’t come up to 170 in the first place. There’s a reason Khabib cuts all that weight. He cuts tons of weight. Everybody knows he walks around at like 190. He’s bigger than me. But I’m a real man, I fight in my weight class. I’ll fight a man any size. Khabib’s looking for a way to… he wants to beat up little midgets. Ok, that’s cool, Khabib, you beat up a bunch of little guys, a bunch of little midges. But you’re not gonna fight in a real man’s weight class like 170 or welterweight, because you know I’m the man. You know who’s here, you know you have no chance to keep that undefeated record. So, there’s a reason he’s looking to cut a bunch of weight and there’s a reason I’ll fight any man alive.”

Covington is coming off a fifth-round TKO victory over heated rival Tyron Woodley. It was a crucial win for “Chaos” as he was coming off a TKO defeat at the hands of Kamaru Usman. Covington has been calling for either a rematch against Usman or a grudge match with Jorge Masvidal. Covington and Masvidal were once friends and roommates but things have turned sour between the two.

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