Colby Covington is the 2nd high profile wrestler in a row Demian Maia will be facing – right after his lost title shot to Tyron Woodley.
Covington has made it clear recently he’s not looking to be beloved by the grappling community saying:
“Demian Maia is a one-trick pony,” Covington told MMA Junkie. “He’s the same fighter he’s been his whole career. He’s not just going to change his game plan. He’s not a tricky guy to prepare for with the skill set that I have. The guys that he fought in the past don’t have the skill set that I have.”
“He’s only going to try and come out there, take me down, get to the back, submit me. That’s not going to happen. My wrestling is on a different level than anyone he’s ever fought. My striking – I’m more athletic. I’m way too handsome to lose to a guy like that.
“I do respect the guy. That’s why I’m going to put him to sleep in the first round. It won’t be pretty. I know Halloween is coming up, so it’s going to be a nightmare in Sao Paulo for him.”
“Mark my words, you heard it here first in this interview: I will be welterweight champion early beginning of next year,” Covington added. “Tyron Woodley can’t top me and Demian Maia has no chance to stop me.”