Colby Covington Welcomes Title Clash Against Israel Adesanya: ‘I’ll Drop Him On His F*cking Head’

    ByRoss Markey

    Mar 17, 2022
    Colby Covington

    Having twice failed to mint himself as the undisputed UFC welterweight champion, Colby Covington has welcomed a middleweight title pursuit – claiming he would drop current division champion, Israel Adesanya on his head if they fought.

    Covington, one of the more outspoken figures on the promotion’s books, headlined UFC 272 earlier this month, handing former American Top Team teammate and past friend, Jorge Masvidal a unanimous decision loss in a one-sided five round main event.

    The victory returned Clovis native, Covington back to the winner’s enclosure, having dropped a second career loss to undisputed welterweight kingpin, Kamaru Usman at UFC 268 back in November at Madison Square Garden.

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    With options limited in regards to next opponents, and constant callouts of former training partner, Dustin Poirier falling on deaf ears, Covington has questioned why he shouldn’t test himself at 185lbs against reigning champion, Adesanya.

    “I think I can definitely go up to 185 and fight (Israel) Adesanya,” Colby Covington told Submission Radio. “But I don’t know if he’s gonna turn around like that. But he doesn’t have a dance partner right now. I mean, some of the guys they’re (the UFC) trying to line him up with, it’s unoriginal. Why can (Kamaru) Usman fight him and all the fans want that, but the guy that beat Usman – I beat Usman. I beat Usman twice. Usman sucks, dude. Everybody knew in Madison Square Garden I won those last three rounds.”

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    “It was an easy win of me, easy decision victory,” Colby Covington continued. “Unanimous. So, why can’t I fight Adesanya? He can’t stop my wrestling. I’ll pick up him and drop him on his f*cking head. He’s a cardio kickboxer. They got enough cardio kickboxers in women’s classes around the U.S. Like, I could go join one of those as well, but I decided to pick up hard gruelling American wrestling. So, I don’t think Adesanya could stop my American wrestling, and I don’t think he’s that good a fighter.”

    While Covington claims Adesanya is currently in need of a new opponent for a fresh title defense, the next logical step for the Nigerian-Kiwi appears to be a July return against recent victor, Jared Cannonier – who grounded out Derek Brunson to land his likely title shot back at UFC 271 last month.