Athletistic/MMA. Colby Covington has spoken harshly about current lightweight champion Islam Makhachev.

“Everyone wants to see the Americans fight against the Dagestanis. Makhachev talks a lot, but we know that his manager Ali Abdel-Aziz will not let him come into my line of sight. Makhachev knows that I will take all the dirt out of him. He is not comparable to real American steel, he is no one, a simple shepherd.

I believe our fight could be the biggest and greatest spectacle the UFC has to offer. This guy is out of his league. He’s bigger than the lightweights and I’m fighting at my natural weight. I don’t need to change my weight to gain an advantage. If you want to be number one in the rankings, prove that you are the best by fighting in your category.

He can fight sheep or lightweights because they are like children, but he will not stand up to real American wrestling, with first class American steel. He can talk, but when it comes to signing contracts, his manager will do everything to hide it from me,” Covington told Submission Radio.

Makhachev and Charles Oliveira will face off on October 21 at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Covington will face Leon Edwards in the final event of the year – UFC 296, which takes place on December 16 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, USA.

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