Former interim UFC welterweight champion, Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington is tasked with the lofty objective of snapping the promotional perfect run of arch-rival and current undisputed champion, Kamaru Usman next weekend in their title rematch. And ahead of their championship re-run, Covington has claimed that a “life-changing” blemish awaits the Auchi native at the culmination of the night next Saturday.
Covington, who last featured in September of last year, rebounded from a fifth round knockout loss to Usman at UFC Vegas 11 — scoring an eventual fifth round stoppage victory of his own against former welterweight kingpin, Tyron Woodley, who suffered a rib injury during a grappling scramble.
The Clovis native is slated to headline UFC 268 next weekend at Madison Square Garden in New York — clashing with past-foe, Usman, who has so far lodged five successful title defenses, the last of which came at UFC 261 in April in the form of a stunning second round knockout triumph over Covington’s former American Top Team training partner, Jorge Masvidal.
Speaking with Yahoo! Sports reporter, Kevin Iole ahead of his rematch with Usman, Covington claimed that he would be willing to offer the ONX Labs trainee an immediate title rematch in a trilogy rubber bout if he wins next weekend, but claims that he will suffer a “life-changing” loss against him at UFC 268.
“I’m not going to be a coward about it, I’m going to give the people what they want,” Covington said. “If they want this trilogy with me and Marty [Kamaru Usman], you know, I’ll do it right away. But the thing is, Kevin, after I finish him next weekend, he’s not going to want to come back. It’s going to be a life-changing defeat. He’s not going to be wanting to come back for the trilogy. He’s probably going to retire.“
Prior to his loss against Usman, Covington managed to embark on an eye-catching seven-fight undefeated run, which included an interim title success against former lightweight best, Rafael dos Anjos, as well as victories over former undisputed welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler, Demian Maia, Dong Hyun Kim, Bryan Barberena, and Max Griffin.
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