Colby Covington Wants ‘Wonderboy’ Next If his ‘Daddy’ Will Give Him Permission to Fight

Colby Covington still wants his UFC welterweight title shot but if that's not happening, he's happy to face Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson instead.

Colby Covington still wants a UFC title shot but if the promotion is dead set on Tyron Woodley facing Rafael dos Anjos, he has a backup plan in mind.

Covington has targeted a showdown with former two-time title contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson as his next opponent if he’s not going to get the opportunity to face Woodley for the title.

Based on the current UFC rankings, Covington is at No. 3 with Thompson still at No. 1 overall so it’s a matchup that makes sense to the former All-American wrestler. Now he’s just waiting on “Wonderboy” to respond.

“That’s definitely a fight I’m interested in. Wrestling versus karate,” Covington said about facing “Wonderboy”. “That’s some of the oldest matchups in MMA history. Karate does not beat wrestling and I think I’ll show that in that fight. I think it makes sense to put on the same card as RDA vs. Woodley. You put us on the same card cause let’s be honest, there’s been a lot of pull outs from RDA. He lost the [Conor] McGregor fight, he lost his red panty night. The guy is susseptable to injury. You just never know how things are going to play out.

“If that fight happens, it makes a lot of sense to put me and ‘Wonderboy’ on there just in case.”

Covington loves the style matchup against “Wonderboy” where his wrestling and grappling would be tested against one of the most dangerous strikers in the history of the welterweight division.

Despite Thompson’s past success in the division, Covington doesn’t sound all that impressed by what “Wonderboy” has done in his UFC career and he feels like that would be an easy win to add to his resume.

“I love his style. It’s so predictable,” Covington said about Thompson. “He’s on his bicycle the entire time, he’s backing up, he tries to do that karate style stuff. That doesn’t work on me. I’ll circle him down, I’ll cut him off, I’ll put him on his back, I’ll beat him up. I’ll drown him in deep water and he will quit before the fight’s over.

“I think it’s an easy fight for me. It’s another fight on my journey to the top.”

The only question in Covington’s mind is whether or not Thompson will accept his challenge.

“Hopefully the choirboy, his daddy will let him fight,” Covington said in reference to Thompson’s father, who is also his head coach. “He’s got to ask his daddy.”

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.
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