Shavkat Rakhmonov respects Colby Covington as a fighter. Covington (17-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) never minces his words when it comes to his opposition or any fighter on the roster, but the former UFC welterweight interim champion’s only two losses in the past six years have come to UFC welterweight champ and No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter Kamaru Usman. Rakhmonov (16-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) acknowledges Covington’s skills and thinks his brash nature causes him to be under-appreciated as a fighter. “This guy does a lot of trash talking, and sometimes he crosses the limit with that,” Rakhmonov said in an interview with James Lynch. “But he’s actually a very good fighter, and a lot of people underestimate him.
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