Even considering McGregor’s star power and leverage, it does seem unlikely that “The Notorious” will fight welterweight champion Kamaru Usman anytime soon despite the recent back-and-forth between the two fighters. McGregor currently has a trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier lined up for UFC 264 in July, but following Usman’s win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 this past Saturday, McGregor teased that he will go back up to 170 pounds to challenge Usman.
Usman took his own shot at McGregor in response, breathing some life into the feud, though not enough to worry Covington, who is expected to be next for a welterweight title shot according to UFC President Dana White.
During an appearance on What the Heck, Covington dismissed the idea that McGregor would actually fight Usman.
“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. “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.”
McGregor has fought just three times in MMA since November 2016, when he defeated Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight title to become a dual-division champion. Rather than defend that title, McGregor pursued a lucrative boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. that eventually took place in Las Vegas in August 2017.
Since resuming his UFC career, McGregor has sandwiched a first-round TKO of Donald Cerrone around losses to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Poirier. Poirier defeated McGregor by knockout this past January to avenge a previous loss and set the stage for their upcoming trilogy bout.
Covington expects Poirier to win the series, but other than that has little complimentary to say about his former teammate.
“Yeah, and that’s not saying like Dustin Sorry-ier is any good or like, is anything special,” Covington said when asked for a prediction. “Because the guy’s not. The guy’s a gatekeeper at lightweight. He’s nothing more. All in the big fights he always gets knocked out and beaten. He’s a jobber, that’s the definition of what Dustin Sorry-ier is.
“And he’s a fake. He’s a clown, trying to start that charity and say that he’s all about The Good Fight and he’s trying to give back to kids. No, he’s not, that’s a tax writeoff for your business. Tell the people the truth, I know the real person you are Dustin Sorry-ier. You’re a piece of sh*t person behind the scenes. You won’t do this and that. You don’t treat nobody good. You act like you’re better than people with an ego, so don’t act like you’re special just because you beat ‘Conman McGregor’ after his time and when he was washed up.”