Now under the same banner and tutelage of reigning UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman at ONX Labs in Colorado alongside Trevor Wittman, former interim lightweight titleholder, Justin Gaethje believes his teammate will likely finish former interim champion, Colby Covington even quicker in their UFC 268 rematch next month — calling the Clovis native a “piece of sh*t“.
Aurora native, Gaethje is slated to share the UFC 268 main card with Usman and fellow ONX Labs teammate, Rose Namajunas at Madison Square Garden — as he makes his first Octagon walk in 13-months, tackling former championship challenger, Michael Chandler.
Gaethje is slated to feature for the first time since October of last year, where he met with then-lightweight champion, the now-retired Khabib Nurmagomedov in a title unification bout on ‘Fight Island’. Suffering his first loss following an eye-catching four-fight winning spree, Gaethje dropped a second triangle loss to the undefeated Dagestan native.
Speaking with ESPN MMA recently ahead of his matchup with Chandler, Gaethje provided his thoughts on his teammate’s rematch with Covington next month in New York, praising the latter’s fighting ability, but believes Usman likely stops him in quicker fashion this time around.
“Man, it’s hard not to be biased — I dislike Colby (Covington) like so much,” Gaethje said. “So I wanna really just see it put on him, but he’s a damn good fighter though. You know, a piece of sh*t person but a damn good fighter. A good wrestler, hungry, you know, stupid and crazy like we all are. So I think it’s gonna be a great fight.“
“That was a great fight they had the last fight,” Gaethje continued. “Colby gave him (Usman) the best fight that he’s had in a long time or ever. So, you know, I think — Kamaru’s time here with us, with Trevor (Wittman), his confidence — his gain in confidence will give him the ability to put him away faster this time.“
Usman enters next month’s rematch with Covington off the back of a prior successful rematch back in April at UFC 261 — where the Auchi native lodged his fourth successful title knockback in the form of a brutal second round knockout over Jorge Masvidal.
For MMA Masters trainee, Covington, the Clovis native last featured in September of last year at UFC Vegas 11, scoring a return to the winner’s enclosure in an eventual fifth round TKO win over former champion and common-foe, Tyron Woodley, who suffered a rib injury. The victory marked Covington’s first outing since his title challenge loss to Usman back at UFC 245.
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