By Nolan King |
April 25, 2021 1: 10 am
As he sat and watched the manner the UFC 261 major match performed out within the on-deck circle, Colby Covington wasn’t impressed with what he observed.
The following man in line for the UFC welterweight title shot, Covington (16-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) had a entrance-row seat to realizing Kamaru Usman knock out Jorge Masvidal in Spherical 2 to retain his championship.
“It took eight minutes longer than I’d end Jorge Masvidal in every time we knowledgeable,” Covington acknowledged on the ESPN post-fight show. “That man is a journeyman. What’s he got: 15, 20 losses on his record? You shouldn’t be happy or praising your self for beating a journeyman care for that. There’s a reason he’s a backstabber. He’s a road Judas. He’s a bum. If I misplaced the next 12 fights in a row, I’d accumulated contain a better record than journeyman Masvidal.”
Whereas his stage of impressed modified into once low, so modified into once his stage of shock. Covington belief the final end result modified into once predictable. With Masvidal fervent just a few takedown, Covington thinks it’s no wonder Usman chanced on a knockout blow.
“I positively knew it modified into once a chance because he places the threat of a takedown,” Covington acknowledged. “That’s what Masvidal modified into once worried about. He modified into once worried about the takedown. He didn’t decide on to rep taken down and gassed out. So he’s worried about getting taken down and, disclose, he hits him with the factual. He has his fingers down, making an attempt to defend the takedown. I knew it modified into once a chance.”
Whenever Covington gets to step into the cage with Usman, it received’t be the first time. The two welterweights squared off at UFC 245 in December 2019 when Usman accomplished Covington with strikes in Spherical 5. The bout modified into once broadly regarded as one among the 365 days’s best.
Within the occasion that they fight once more, Covington expects viewers to realizing issues play out otherwise. Improvements contain been made, according to Covington, who dragged Usman into deep waters in their first assembly.
“It’s a diversified model matchup after I fight ‘Marty,’” Covington acknowledged. “He knows he can’t pick me down. I’m going to pick him down into deep waters. I’m going to pick him down and I’m going to end him. There will now not be any more unsuitable nut shots next time. … I contain new coaches now. I contain a new workforce behind me. Before, there modified into once so grand drama at my previous faculty gymnasium. Individuals had been screaming at me. I couldn’t rep my coaching time in. Now, I contain Daniel Valverde (and) Cesar Carneiro over at MMA Masters.
“We’re getting better on daily basis. My placing is on a complete diversified stage. What has to trail diversified is I contain to keep a higher tempo on him next time. I didn’t keep ample tempo on him final time and moral support my fingers up. I know I’m going to rep my hand raised after I fight him.”