Khabib Nurmagomedov retired from professional MMA competition at UFC 254 and one person he never fought was Colby Covington.
Nurmagomedov never did compete at welterweight and Covington believes he is the reason why.
“There was a great American legend hero that said in college, ‘pussies cut weight’. And I’m not talking about Dan Gable, who I was around in college, the guy’s a legend, I’m talking about yours truly. I’m saying, if you have to cut weight, you’re a pussy. Why are you looking for this big advantage to have a weight advantage over these little guys and beat midgets? Come fight in a real man’s weight class. I think I’m the man and I’m the reason that he doesn’t come up to 170 in the first place. There’s a reason Khabib cuts all that weight. He cuts tonnes of weight. Everybody knows he walks around at like 190. He’s bigger than me. But I’m a real man, I fight in my weight class. I’ll fight a man any size. Khabib’s looking for a way to… he wants to beat up little midgets. Ok, that’s cool, Khabib, you beat up a bunch of little guys, a bunch of little midges. But you’re not gonna fight in a real man’s weight class like 170 or welterweight, because you know I’m the man. You know who’s here, you know you have no chance to keep that undefeated record. So, there’s a reason he’s looking to cut a bunch of weight and there’s a reason I’ll fight any man alive,” Covington said to Submission Radio.
The retired fighter, who leaves the sport at 29-0-0, hadn’t really shown any interest in moving up a weight class to welterweight.
Conor McGregor also has fought at welterweight, but Covington isn’t very impressed by what he saw the former two division champion do at that weight class.
“I don’t know what to make of it. He’s just looking for these easy fights with little midgets, but then he wants to fight these little featherweights and fight them at 170. He doesn’t want to fight the real men of the division. He doesn’t want to fight yours truly, the number-one welterweight in the world, Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington. He’s looking for easy fights with featherweights, with little midgets to fight at my weight class. So, I don’t make anything of it. He’s not here to fight for the belt, he’s not gonna be fighting for a belt anytime soon or ever again. He’s lost his motivation, he lost all his money. He’s not the same fighter he was before. I mean, he can’t even knock an old man off a bar stool. That’s just embarrassing in itself. So, I don’t see much from Conor McGregor offering in the welterweight division,” says Covington.