UFC 268 Preview: Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington II

Colby Covington predicts Kamaru Usman will retire from MMA within the next year

UFC welterweight Colby Covington predicted that his rival, divisional champion Kamaru Usman, will retire from MMA within the next year.

Covington and Usman met for the second time at UFC 268 in November, with Usman edging out a competitive unanimous decision in what was a back-and-forth fight. That was the second win for Usman over Covington, having previously defeated his rival back at UFC 245 in December 2019. Now that Usman has defeated Covington twice, he’s been looking ahead to his next potential challenges, and one of them could be a move to the world of boxing. Indeed, Usman has teased a move to the squared circle, and he has even suggested that he could fight pound-for-pound boxing champion in his boxing debut.

Covington, however, finds that entirely laughable. Speaking to MMA News reporter James Lynch, “Chaos” trashed Usman for calling out Alvarez, while suggesting it’s a sign Usman could retire soon.

“It’s probably the funniest thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Man, that’s just sad. It’s not even believable. Like come on man, let’s talk about things in the realm of possibility. You’re acting like a little kid. He’s just trying to get paid,” Covington said of Usman. “Bottom line, he doesn’t want to fight tough fights anymore. He’s just looking to get this big-money fight and walk off into the sunset. He doesn’t want it anymore, he doesn’t want it like I want it. That’s why you’re probably going to see that guy leave the sport in the next year. And I’m still going to be here. I’m still getting better, I’m hitting my prime, I haven’t even hit my prime yet. When I hit my prime at 34 or 35 years old, look out, these guys are all in trouble.”

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