Bisping Names Potential Opponent to Propell Colby Covington’s Pursuit of UFC Championship

Bisping Names Potential Opponent to Propell Colby Covington's Pursuit of UFC Championship

Michael Bisping remains optimistic about Colby Covington’s chances of securing another title shot. 

Despite his recent setback, where Covington (17-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) came up short in his third title attempt, losing by unanimous decision to welterweight champion Leon Edwards at UFC 296 in December, Bisping believes there’s still hope.

Covington, 35, didn’t perform at his best against Edwards. However, with Edwards likely to face Belal Muhammad in his next title defense, Bisping speculates that Covington could be paired with the undefeated Shavkat Rakhmonov (18-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) in his next bout. This matchup could carry significant implications for the championship picture.

“If they were to make this fight, there’s a big opportunity there,” Bisping stated on his YouTube channel. “Colby has had his title shots, OK, and I don’t think he’s going to get another one. But this will blow your mind: If he beats Shavkat Rakhmonov … I’m not saying he gets a title fight, but if he beats Shavkat Rakhmonov, there’s an argument there.

“I’m not saying I agree with it, but if he was to beat Shavkat Rakhmonov, guess what? All of a sudden, you’re back in the discussion, baby – right? He would be.”

“If you want to become the man, you’ve got to beat the man, ” he added. But would he beat Shavkat? I very much doubt it. Now, here’s the real question for Colby Covington: If this fight takes place, does he still have it? Does the fire still burn?”

During the UFC 296 post-fight news conference, Covington made it clear that he wasn’t interested in fighting Rakhmonov next. Instead, the former interim champion turned his attention towards Stephen Thompson, who Rakhmonov had submitted during the same event.

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