Colby Covington wants a piece of Nick Diaz.
Former UFC interim welterweight champion Covington is coming off of a fifth-round TKO win over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley at UFC Vegas 11. Now the controversial fighter has his sights set on Nick Diaz. Covington doesn’t just want to fight Diaz, but he wants to retire the Stockton native as well.
“I would love to fight Nick,” Covington said at the UFC Vegas 11 post-fight press conference (via Farah Hannoun & John Morgan of MMA Junkie). “He’s a high-pressure fighter. I’d love to fight him and it would be an easy fight. I’d definitely retire him just like I retired Tyron Woodley (on Saturday). Nick Diaz would never fight again, I promise you, after I got done with him.”
Diaz has reportedly been planning to return to MMA next year, but nothing has been made official at this time. BMF Champion Jorge Masvidal is potentially fighting Nate Diaz in a rematch, but Covington says Masvidal versus him would be a bigger fight.
“Absolutely, (Masvidal vs. me is) a bigger fight,” Covington said. “Everybody knows Nate Diaz is done. He hasn’t been relevant in five, six years. The guy fights once every couple of years. He’s got nothing left in the tank. He’s had so many fights. He’s got CTE. He shouldn’t even be fighting anymore. It’s a shame. His coaches, I feel bad that they let him go in the octagon anymore. So they need to do this fight with me and Jorge. He’s been talking recklessly in the media. He’s been saying all this (expletive). ‘Oh, it’s on sight,’ this and that. OK, come back up your words. I back up my words. All the talk I say, I talk the talk, and I walk the walk. Let’s see, ‘Street Judas’ Masvidal.”
The former interim welterweight champion also called out UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman after UFC Vegas 11.