Colby Covington Doesn’t See Conor McGregor Reclaiming Title From Khabib Nurmagomedov
By FCF Staff
If and when Conor McGregor faces Khabib Nurmagomedov, Colby Covington doesn’t see the superstar reclaiming the UFC’s lightweight title from the new champ.
A bout between Nurmagomedov and McGregor is expected to take place later this year, since Nurmagomedov secured the vacated title at UFC 223, by defeating Al Iaquinta. Recently Covington was a guest on Chael Sonnen’s podcast, and when asked for his thoughts on the expected fight, the accomplished wrestler said this (quote via MMA Mania):
“He’s pretty good, but I think he’s one-dimensional,” Covington said. “I think in the Chad Mendes fight, you had an out-of-shape 145-pounder come in and take him down and control him for two or three rounds. So you get a bigger guy at lightweight like a Khabib (Nurmagomedov) or even a welterweight, and when you take him down, it’s a lot more weight on you, a lot more power behind those ground-and-pound strikes. It’s a different fight. He lost to Nate Diaz and Nate Diaz was like 1-4 at welterweight. I think Khabib’s gonna take him down and pound him out.”
McGregor hasn’t fought in the Octagon since 2016, when he stopped Eddie Alvarez to win the lightweight title.