A confident Covington believes Usman is too emotional and he is living rent free in the champion’s head.
“I don’t think — I know I’m living rent-free [in Usman’s head],” Covington told MMA Fighting. “Just the reaction I saw of him the day after his fight with Woodley, that showed me everything I need to know. I am in his head and he’s going to fight me emotional and I’m going to knock him out. He going to be throwing wild, he’s going to be trying reckless takedowns, and he’s going to gas out, man. People don’t realize how good I am and how good my cardio is until you’re in that Octagon with me, and he’s going to find out the hard way. He’s going to get his head dunked underwater in the 10-foot part of the pool. We’re not going to be in the kiddie pool like he’s used to, so his time is coming to an end. It’s just a matter of time.”
Usman has been embroiled in a rivalry with Covington for quite awhile now, with the champ planning on unleashing immigrant wrath on Covington.
Covington even claims that he wanted to fight Usman much earlier in both of their respective UFC tenures.
“I was begging to fight him earlier in my career,” Covington said. “You can go and ask (ATT owner) Dan Lambert right now. That’s not a lie. We asked to fight him when Glenn Robinson was his manager and he turned the fight down three or four times, and this was right after he won The Ultimate Fighter, the ATT vs. Blackzilians [season], so I was already looking at him. I’m like, ‘Let’s fight, man. You beat all these guys from my gym, but you didn’t beat the best welterweight from our gym, and I am the best welterweight from our gym.’ We’ve been destined to clash for a long time. The guy doesn’t know what he’s talking about, man. He’s out here trying to make this a political battle. Like, what are you talking about? He’s talking about the wrath of every immigrant he’s going to beat up on me. Come on, bro. You don’t even know the difference between illegal immigrants and legal immigrants. I knew he was dumb, but I didn’t know he was that dumb.”
There is no word yet on when the potential title bout may happen, as Usman is still recovering from a recent hernia surgery.