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Belal Muhammad sågar Colby Covington: ”Jag vore tuffare för Khamzat Chimaev”MMA & UFC NYHETER – SVERIGE

Belal Muhammad stod för en imponerande insats vid UFC 280 när han knockade den ditintills obesegrade welterviktaren Sean Brady. Nu hoppas han göra detsamma i en match mot Khamzat Chimaev.

Belal Muhammad anser att han vore en tuffare motståndare för Khamzat Chimaev även Colby Covington

Problemet med Muhammads plan att möta svenske Chimaev som han utmanat i snart två år. Trots den imponerande segern mot Brady blev Muhammad varse om att UFC nu siktar på att boka Chimaev mot Colby Covington. Muhammad anser dock inte att den matchen är logisk då han själv är den som förtjänar att möta Chimaev:

I think that’s literally the only fight to me. For me, it’s Leon [Edwards] or Khamzat, and I think that us two makes the most sense.

I know they’re talking about Colby, but I don’t think Colby’s going to take that fight. Colby hasn’t taken a hard fight or a fight against a guy coming off a win since Kamaru [Usman]. Kamaru is the only guy he’s fought in his last eight fights that wasn’t on a two-fight losing streak.

Även om Belal Muhammad inte vill avfärda Covington som en toppfighter så anser han sig vara en tuffare motståndare för Chimaev. Med stark brottning, stor uthållighet och krut i nävarna så gillar han sina chanser mot svensken:

I definitely do think I’m the harder matchup for [Khamzat]. I think my striking’s way better than Colby’s, and I’m comfortable being in that fire, where that last fight with Khamzat where he fought with Gilbert Burns, when he was in that fire, he got emotional and he started going against the game plan [and] he got tired. Colby’s not comfortable being in that fire. Colby’s not comfortable – ‘if I can’t take you down and I have to strike with you’ – he’s not comfortable there.

For me to fight a guy like Khamzat, I study tape more than anybody in the game. I already know what I would do for a fight like that. I know what I would bring to the table for a fight like that. I already know what I need to do. If I do get that fight, I’ve already been ready for that fight. I already wanted that fight so much. I do think I’m the hardest matchup in the division for anybody.

Tror inte trash-talk får matcherna att sälja särskilt mycket bättre

När det kommer till promotion är Covington känd för att använda trash-talk för att hajpa upp matcher. Muhammad har dock inte sett tillräckligt med bevis för att tro att sådana charader utmynnar i högre PPV-siffror:

Why are you pushing that one so hard? Because Colby’s going to say stupid things at a press conference to get him revved up? I think people would definitely want to see me versus Khamzat. It’s going to get the same amount of eyes, same amount of views. It’s a more meaningful fight for the division than the Colby fight.

Yeah, Colby’s going to say some outlandish stuff, he’s going to get some clickbait out of it, but I don’t think he’s a pay-per-view draw that Conor McGregor is or Masvidal is. He’s not that guy. There’s nothing to gain from pushing that Colby fight. Me and Khamzat are the only ones in the division winning right now. We’re the only ones active right now. I think we should be the ones in the cage.

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