Nurmagomedov won the UFC lightweight belt earlier this month with
one-sided victory over short-notice opponent Al Iaquinta.
The win improved the Dagestani’s perfect professional mixed martial
arts record to 26-0.
While “The Eagle” is soaring at lightweight, Covington is clearly
unimpressed with what he’s seen of Nurmagomedov, particularly in
his last fight against Iaquinta. Covington, who will fight for the
interim UFC welterweight belt against former lightweight champion
Anjos on June 9 at
UFC 225, believes if the Dagestani fought the way he did at
welterweight that he would get exposed.
Covington was a recent guest on MMA Junkie Radio and warned Nurmagomedov to
stay at 155 pounds:
“I think it works for the little lightweight division, but that
(expletive) doesn’t fly at welterweight. You’ve got a real
All-American wrestler, not some sambo dude, so if he comes up to
welterweight, he’s going to get his head dunked and balls put on
his forehead just like the rest of them. I don’t think he’s that
impressive. He couldn’t even finish a real estate agent. That’s
Nurmagomedov’s first title defense has not been confirmed yet, but
is favoured to take on Irish superstar Conor
McGregor in November at a Madison Square Garden. However this
is all speculation as McGregor must first attend his court date on
June 14 to answer charges of three counts of assault and one count
of criminal mischief.