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Colby Covington is “ready to fight” again, confirms Dana White

Top-ranked UFC welterweight title contender Colby Covington is “ready to fight” again, confirmed UFC president Dana White.

Covington has not fought since March when he defeated his rival Jorge Masvidal via unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 272. After that fight, it was expected that Covington would get another big-name matchup for his next outing. However, things took a turn for the worse when Covington was allegedly attacked by Masvidal outside of a Miami steakhouse in March. He reportedly suffered injuries in that attack and there have been no rumors of him returning to the Octagon anytime soon. Ironically, it’s Masvidal who has been in the news lately regarding a potential fight against Gilbert Burns later this year.

In fact, we haven’t heard much from Covington at all. While it wasn’t that long ago that Covington was always in the media and on social media talking trash to the rest of the welterweight division, he has been quiet for the last several months. It got to the point where people were even wondering if Covington would be fighting again. Well, it looks like that will be the case, despite the rumors that Covington is injured and unable to fight.

Speaking to the media at the UFC Apex following this week’s episode of Contender Series, White confirmed that Covington wants to fight again, and the promotion is making plans for him to step back into the cage “soon.”

“Colby wants to fight, he’s ready to fight, and we’re making plans here for him soon,” White said.

It will be interesting to see who Covington does fight next if he does indeed return to the cage. Earlier this year, White said the promotion was considering a matchup pitting Covington against Khamzat Chimaev, which could still happen if Chimaev gets past Nate Diaz at UFC 279. With UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman fighting for a third time early next year, both Covington and Chimaev, as well as the rest of the welterweight title contenders, will need to fight again and stay busy in the meantime.

Who do you want to see Colby Covington fight next when he steps back into the Octagon?

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