UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington said that he wants rival Dustin Poirier to move up to 170lbs and fight “daddy.”
Covington is set to take on UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman later this year in a rematch for the promotion’s 170lbs title, and while he is focused on winning the welterweight title, he still can’t help but take shots at Poirier — his former training partner at American Top Team — whenever he gets the chance. Poirier is coming off of a TKO win over Conor McGregor in their trilogy fight at UFC 264 and “The Diamond” is expected to fight UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira later this year for the belt. But if you ask Covington, if Poirier really wants to have a big fight and make a lot of money, then the fight that he should take is “Chaos.”
Speaking to MMA reporter James Lynch, Covington explained why Poirier should fight his “daddy” at 170lbs instead of staying at 155lbs and fighting “Do Bronx” for the lightweight title.
“If he did, it would be a bigger-money opportunity for him to do that than to fight that guy (Oliveira) because the guy who he’s going to fight really isn’t a draw in America. Nobody even really knows who he is in Brazil. He’s just not a draw, he’s not going to sell pay-per-views. His best money opportunity if he really wants to do good business is to come up to 170lbs and see daddy. This is a personal rivalry. This isn’t like I’m trying to pick on someone and there’s no narrative for the fight. Man, me and this guy go back 10 years training together. He’s said some things to me in the gym, I’ve said some things to him. There’s deep, deep, deep personal issues with this drama and this beef. I just hope they get settled in the Octagon someday. But if they don’t then the fans get to know who daddy is, and they get to know that I’m really Parker’s daddy. I’m Parker’s daddy and I’m Jolie’s husband,” Colby Covington said.