Colby Covington was very confident of becoming the new UFC welterweight champion, but Leon Edwards offered him a humbling experience. Some MMA experts believe that was Colby Covington’s last shot at the title. Michael Bisping begs to differ; he thinks if Colby Covington can successfully take out the undefeated Shavkat Rakhmonov, then it can allow the matchmakers to at least consider him as a title challenger again.
Colby Covington is quite inactive as a fighter; for the past 4 years, he has only fought once every year. Interestingly, Colby Covington mentioned fighting Sean Strickland at middleweight, and it will be fascinating to see if that ends up happening this year.
As far as the next welterweight title fight is concerned, it will most probably be between Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad.
Michael Bisping on Colby Covington vs Shakvat Rakhmonov
In a recent YouTube video, Michael Bisping explained how fighting Shavkat Rakhmonov could be beneficial for Colby Covington.
“If they were to make this fight, there’s a big opportunity there,” Bisping said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com. “Colby has had his title shots, OK, and I don’t think he’s going to get another one.
But this will blow your mind: If he beats Shavkat Rakhmonov … I’m not saying he gets a title fight, but if he beats Shavkat Rakhmonov, there’s an argument there. I’m not saying I agree with it, but it if he was to beat Shavkat Rakhmonov, guess what? All of a sudden, you’re back in the discussion, baby – right? He would be.
If you want to become the man, you’ve got to beat the man. But would he beat Shavkat? I very much doubt it. Now here’s the real question for Colby Covington: If this fight takes place, does he still have it? Does the fire still burn?”.