UFC superstar Nate Diaz is planning to compete in the coming months and No. 1 ranked welterweight contender Colby Covington is confident he won’t be the opponent.
Diaz recently challenged No. 1 ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier and No. 3 ranked lightweight Charles Oliveira to a scrap, but it doesn’t appear those fights will happen in the near future. Oliveira declined Diaz’s challenge as he wants to fight for the championship. Although Poirier has shown interest in fighting Diaz, according to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani the UFC is looking to book Poirier vs. Conor McGregor 3 in the summer.
Diaz has made it clear he wants to fight someone who is coming off a victory and hopes to compete at welterweight or at a 165-pound catchweight.
During a recent interview with Submission Radio, Covington was asked about fighting Diaz.
Covington is coming off a dominant victory over former 170-pound champ Tyron Woodley in September and is 8-1 in his last nine, with his sole loss coming at the hands of current champ Kamaru Usman. From a rankings standpoint, a fight between Diaz and Covington wouldn’t make sense. However, Diaz, who isn’t ranked in the top 15 of any division, is one of the biggest names in the promotion and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him fighting a top-five fighter because of his name value.
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Covington Said He Would Take ‘Every Last’ Braincell from Diaz in a Fight
While speaking with the outlet, “Chaos” said that Diaz “knows” how a fight would go down and it would be the “worst thing” to ever happen in the fighter’s career.
“[Diaz] won’t fight me,” Covington said. “That ‘Stockton Soyboy’ knows he gets slapped up by MAGA (‘Make America Great Again’) bombs all day. He has no chance and he knows that. So, he doesn’t even spit my name out of his mouth because he knows what comes with that and it’s a really bad, losing paycheck, and the worst thing he’s ever had in his career.
“I would beat that guy silly. He would have no brain cells left. And he doesn’t have a lot of brain cells as it is. The guy is completely fried, man. He’s got about one or two brain cells left. So, I’d almost feel bad to just do him like that, just completely take every last one.”
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Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal Appears to No Longer Be on the Table
One of the most anticipated potential matches of 2021 was Covington vs. No. 4 ranked welterweight Jorge Masvidal. The two are former training partners who are now bitter rivals. The UFC was working on setting up the fight, but according to Chaos, that is no longer the case.
After UFC welterweight king Kamaru Usman defended his belt last weekend at UFC 258, he challenged Masvidal to a rematch. They fought in July, with “Gamebred” taking the fight on less than a week’s notice. Usman won the championship fight via unanimous decision.
Masvidal has expressed interest in fighting Usman again and UFC president Dana White also appears to be up for the fight, leaving Covington without a dance partner.