It’s been just under a year since Colby Covington last walked at UFC 272 in March 2022. ‘Chaos’ settled feud with Jorge Masvidal in main event, defeating ‘Gamebred’ for a clear and unanimous victory to retain its status. in the Top Five.
Sadly, no one told Masvidal the beef was over, leading to the alleged assault at a Miami steakhouse that cost Covington a bit of his tooth. Since then, Covington has remained incredibly quiet on the sidelines, likely in part because of his lawsuit against Masvidal.
While that’s a pretty unique and understandable reason to be busy outside of active competition, the welterweight division continues to move forward. Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman will complete their trilogy in London, England at UFC 286, and last week a pivotal showdown between Masvidal and Gilbert Burns was booked for April.
UFC color commentator Daniel Cormier believes Covington must return to competition soon or his momentum and status at 170 pounds will suffer.
“He won his last fight, but time has passed,” Cormier said on his ESPN DC & RC show (via MMAJunkie). “Time flies and being inactive isn’t the best thing for a guy in a constantly moving division. But the moment Colby Covington starts to reintegrate, he’ll be loud, he’ll be loud, he’ll have a lot to say, and people will start paying attention. And then right away he’s back relevant, because we haven’t seen anyone other than Kamaru Usman in a very long time solving the puzzle that is Colby Covington.
“So I think he’ll be relevant for a while, but I think he needs to get going again, because momentum is key in this sport. And when you don’t have momentum, nobody is really watching you, and I think Colby Covington needs to make sure he doesn’t end up in this place where he’s in no man’s land on an island all by himself.
At the moment, there are currently two potential paths for Covington. Belal Muhammad has racked up a nine-fight unbeaten streak dating back to January 2019, and he consistently calls for a fight against Covington. “Remember The Name” is absolutely ready to cast, and the clash of styles would certainly be intriguing.
Alternatively, Khamzat Chimaev’s future remains a bit uncertain, but this is the most important fight. Covington vs. Chimaev has already been discussed as a possible title eliminator, but now there’s the question of whether “Borz” can even make it to the welterweight limit. If he’s leading the middleweights, then Muhammad definitely seems like the best option.
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