Covington, who rematches welterweight champion Kamaru Usman this Saturday, was asked about Chimaev at Wednesday’s UFC 268 media day and Covington was quick to disregard the hype of the undefeated upstart, going as far as to take shots at Chimaev’s difficult battle with COVID-19.
“’You know Chimaev, he’s got to do a lot more work than get three fights in the UFC,” Covington said of Chimaev. “You guys hype these guys up real quick but let’s not forget he was put down by the common cold.
“He was ready to retire off the common cold. That’s a 99.9 percent survival rate to beat the common cold and Chimaev was ready to give it up and retire. He doesn’t want to fight me. He’s got a way less chance than 99.9 percent chance against me.”
Chimaev took to Twitter on Thursday to issue his response.
You will never see me like this pic.twitter.com/OsQsQFjjQm— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) November 4, 2021
“You will never see me like this,” Chimaev wrote, adding a “crying laughing” emoji.
The hype continues to build for Chimaev after he quickly disposed of Li Jingliang in dominant fashion at Saturday’s UFC 267 event, which includes debuting at No. 10 at 170 pounds in MMA Fighting’s Global Rankings.