Conor McGregor’s recent callout of reigning UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman shows just how desperate the Irishman is to generate some clicks and stay relevant, according to No. 1-ranked welterweight contender Colby Covington.
Covington claims McGregor is the new ‘laughingstock’ of the MMA community and that the former UFC two-division champion is ‘washed up’ following his TKO loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.
“I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard about it and that’s obviously just Conor trying to get some hype, get some headlines,” Covington said on a recent episode of What the Heck. “Come on, dude, the guy just got knocked out by ‘Dustin Sorry-ier.’ Come on, are you serious? You want a title shot at 170? You’re getting beat up by gatekeeper lightweights and now you want to come to the top of the 170 welterweight division? Everybody knows what Conor’s doing. He’s not really gonna do that. He’s not gonna come up and fight welterweight.
“He’s just doing that to grab attention, to grab headlines, make people think he’s being taken seriously because honestly, he’s a joke. He’s the laughingstock in the MMA community and even to casual fans because they’re just like, ‘Conor’s washed up. He’s done.’ He made all that money with his whiskey, he made all that money for the Mayweather fight, he has no motivation. Nothing gets him up early in the morning to go fight. He tries to say it’s for his kids but man, the guy’s done. He has nothing left in the tank.”
With Poirier and McGregor tied 1-1, Covington predicts ‘The Diamond’ will win the trilogy but accused his former teammate of being a ‘piece of sh-t’ behind the scenes.
“Yeah, and that’s not saying like Dustin Sorry-ier is any good or like, is anything special,” Covington said of the trilogy. “Because the guy’s not. The guy’s a gatekeeper at lightweight. He’s nothing more. All in the big fights he always gets knocked out and beaten. He’s a jobber, that’s the definition of what Dustin Sorry-ier is.
“And he’s a fake. He’s a clown, trying to start that charity and say that he’s all about The Good Fight and he’s trying to give back to kids. No, he’s not, that’s a tax writeoff for your business. Tell the people the truth, I know the real person you are Dustin Sorry-ier. You’re a piece of sh*t person behind the scenes. You won’t do this and that. You don’t treat nobody good. You act like you’re better than people with an ego, so don’t act like you’re special just because you beat ‘Conman McGregor’ after his time and when he was washed up.”
Covington is expected to challenge Usman for the welterweight title in a replay of their first championship matchup at UFC 245, which saw ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ beat ‘Chaos’ via fifth-round TKO.