Former UFC fighter and UFC analyst Chael Sonnen has stated that the welterweight fighter Colby Covington is an important fight for the UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Chael Sonnen feels that Israel Adesanya doesn’t have much completion left in the middleweight division so he must fight someone else in some other weight class and Chael feels that Colby Covington is that perfect fight that Israel Adesanya needs. Both Israel Adesanya and Colby Covington are coming off wins.
Chael Sonnen feels that Colby Covington is pretty successful in the welterweight division but he should consider moving up to the middleweight division.
“I think he needs to go up to 185,” Sonnen said on his ESPN+ show. “Look, Colby has called out three guys in the last two weeks: He, of course, called out Kamaru Usman; he called out Israel Adesanya, and he called out Dustin Poirier. Now you’ve got to understand, the one thing those three guys have in common is they all have world championship belts somewhere on the mantle at home. These are hard callouts by ‘Chaos,’ but ‘Chaos,’ who’s obviously a No. 1 contender, does not get a fight for a championship. It’s a tough spot.
“So he’s saying, ‘Look, I’m even willing to leave the division. Let me take this golden ticket of No. 1 contender and let me cash it in at 185 pounds.’ And quite frankly, nobody needs Colby as bad as Izzy Adesanya. I don’t know if Israel is aware of that yet, but he’s starting to fight people that aren’t doing their job in the media, that aren’t bringing the attention, that aren’t helping the brand and making the marquee fight as big as it could be. I think if Izzy stood back and saw what Colby has to offer, that’s gonna be a partner that he would like to do business with” Chael Sonnen said.
Chael Sonnen also gave his personal reference to this situation. He talked about how UFC worked out his beef between him and Anderson Silva.
“I’ll insert myself into this: There was once a fighter named Anderson Silva, and everybody knew how great he was but Anderson had a hard time drawing attention, but only because people thought they knew how the movie was going to end,” Sonnen said. “He finally got a counterpart that captivated the imagination of the world to think, ‘Wait a minute, this guy could actually beat him.’ I think that Izzy is that good. I think that Izzy needs that” Chael Sonnen said.
“The mere fact that Jared Cannonier is asking to be a No. 1 contender but has never once said, ‘I have the skills and I have what it takes, the fortitude, to go out and beat the guy,’ I think it’s a problem. I think how absolutely silent Robert Whittaker stayed leading into their second contest is a problem. The one thing that Izzy would like is a little bit of tension, and he’s got the right to want that. He’s got an ego and he’s got skills, he’d like a lot of people to tune in when he shows them off. Colby Covington will satisfy those eyeballs” Chael Sonnen said.
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