UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington has stated he agrees with the comments of UFC analyst Chael Sonnen who said that Colby should fight UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Chael Sonnen feels that Colby Covington is pretty successful in the welterweight division but he should consider moving up to the middleweight division. Chael Sonnen also said that Israel Adesanya has nearly cleared up the entire middleweight division and now he needs some new competition that might posses a threat to his championship reign.
“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 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 Covington has to offer, that’s gonna be a partner that he would like to do business with” Chael Sonnen said.
Now Colby Covington in his latest interview approved what Chael Sonnen said. Colby Covington said that Chael has made a very good point by proposing this fight against the middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.
“Uncle Chael, man, that guy’s a f****** legend,” Covington told MMA Fighting. “Uncle Chael makes a very good point. Everybody was talking about Usman fighting Adesanya, this and that, Usman is a bad matchup for Adesanya — dude, I’m a bad matchup for Usman. I beat him in our last fight at Madison Square Garden. Why can’t I go up and fight Adesanya? I won’t have to cut one pound, I’ll just wake up and fight at my natural weight.”
“That guy can’t stop what I do, and I truly believe that wholeheartedly. I do American wrestling, and this is mixed martial arts, blending the martial arts. And nobody can blend the martial arts like me. I put them all together. I’m a world-class striker, an A++ level wrestler. I’m unbeatable, and that style, people are going to see over the next couple of years how impossible it is to stop that style.”
Colby Covington also seemed pretty confident on his chances of beating Israel Adesanya at middleweight.
“I feel extremely confident and I feel I would be a pretty good-sized favorite over him. That’s honestly how I feel,” Covington said. “He can’t stuff my shots, and if he stuffs it once, there’s going to be at least 20 or 30 [more coming]. I’m already, I think, second in the division’s history for most takedowns and I’m not even trying. You saw in my last fight with Jorge, I didn’t even break a sweat bouncing him around the octagon, telling him to lick my nuts, telling him he’s still my little son and I wasn’t even breathing hard. He was being held up by two people.”
“My style against Izzy — he was getting taken down by Robert Whittaker. That guy has never taken a wrestling class, let alone being a D-1, high-level collegiate [wrestler] led by a master instructor like Dan Gable, who is one of the legends, one of the forefathers of American wrestling,” Colby Covington said about the Adesanya fight. “When you learn that type of style and that type of mentality, there’s just not going to be a person alive that can stop you. I used to dig ditches for fun just to get a workout. I go to deep, deep lengths to really push myself, my body and mind to be ready for any opportunity and any fight, and there’s just not a lot of people who can keep up with that. Izzy’s not one of them.”
“When the going gets tough, you saw what happened a couple of fights ago when he fought Jan Blachowicz, he couldn’t stop it when guys keep attacking him,” Covington concluded. “I know I can do the same and I know it’s a great fight. Hopefully, the UFC can give me the opportunity.”
- Colby Covington ready to fight Israel Adesanya for the middleweight championship
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