Midnight Mania! Covington: Laughingstock McGregor Chasing Attention With Usman Callout


Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Conor McGregor standing on a stage in front of a crowd


Kamaru Usman’s next title challenger is unclear. Colby Covington has been gunning for that position, even declaring himself the unofficial back up for Usman’s 261 title defense in the hopes of a rematch. Usman himself is unimpressed, however, and there is no clear-cut choice.

One potential challenger from left field is Conor McGregor, who threatened to “smack” the Welterweight kingpin. Covington addressed that potential on What the Heck podcast, taking the opportunity to slag off the former double champ.

“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 (via MMAFighting). “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.”

It remains to be seen just how the Welterweight title picture shakes out, but McGregor is booked to complete his trilogy opposite Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in July.


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