UFC 272: Chimaev? Win some big fights then I’ll destroy you like Masvidal, Covington insists

Colby Covington is seen on stage during the UFC 272 press conference on March 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ahead of his main event headliner against best friend turned fierce foe Jorge Masvidal on Saturday night, #1 ranked welterweight Colby Covington has issued a warning to highly-rated contender Khamzat Chimaev: win some big fights, then he’ll destroy Borz’s hype in its tracks.

Chimaev? Earn your way up, I’ll kick you right back down

Khamzat Chimaev of Sweden reacts after his victory over Li Jingliang of China in a welterweight fight during the UFC 267 event at Etihad Arena on...

Chimaev celebrates after his standout showing against Li Jingliang on Oct. 30 in Abu Dhabi last year

Although verbal jabs aplenty have been exchanged between Covington and Masvidal before this weekend’s big PPV event, Chaos has revealed he is willing to fight the division’s highly-anticipated contender Khamzat Chimaev in future, but on the condition he proves himself.

During an interview with BT Sport, Covington was asked about Chimaev but dismissed Borz‘s accomplishments and again coined a phrase poking fun at the Russian-born Swede’s first name.

“Earn your way up and no problem – I’ll kick you right back down, I love destroying hype trains, going to destroy one this weekend in Masvidal. He’s never going to be the same ever again, no-one is going to care about his fights.

With cumshot [Chimaev], earn your way up. Win some big, formidable fights and we can talk but until then, stop trying to hype this kid up. These hype jobs can get really hurt inside this octagon.”

Chimaev wants to make noise across two divisions and as such, has called out both champions at 170 and 185lbs – Kamaru Usman and Israel Adesanya – among other fighters in recent months.

Having begun his UFC career with four stoppage victories, including three straight in the first-round, the explosive 27-year-old is understandably being fast-tracked given his star potential and finds himself slated to face former title challenger Gilbert Burns at UFC 273 on April 9.

After starting well but falling short in his attempt at capturing UFC gold early last year, Burns (#2) returned to winning ways five months later with a dominant win over Stephen Thompson.

The critics will justifiably say Chimaev hasn’t truly been tested yet and the 35-year-old Brazilian, who has world-class grappling pedigree with the striking to match, is a worthwhile litmus test.

Although currently recovering from hand surgery, Usman’s next title defence is widely expected to be against Leon Edwards (#3) this summer, seven years after their first meeting. It’s another rematch for the champion, who boasts a 4-0 record against Saturday’s main event fighters.

Naturally, there’s a rush from fans and media alike to crown the next contender but Covington, while closest to beating Usman, will look to reaffirm why he’s the division’s true no. 2 tomorrow.

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