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Midnight Mania! Justin Gaethje: Covington probably beats me, but I’d like to punch a hole in his face

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Justin Gaethje is less than 24 hours removed from his Lightweight title showdown vs. Charles Oliveira at UFC 274. Even though his opponent missed weight, Gaethje remains eligible to win the title if victorious. However, “Do Bronx” is not the only potential opponent Gaethje has been asked about in the media storm of the last few days.

While on the Nelk Boy’s Full Send Podcast, Gaethje was asked his thoughts about Colby Covington. The two have prior beef, with Gaethje previously admitting he “despises” Covington after some online trash talk from “Chaos.” Unsurprisingly, the two have yet to patch things up.

“I would love to punch a hole in that motherf—kers face,” Gaethje began (via Susan Cox). “So you have respect for how fake one can be? I don’t like him. He talked about Kamaru’s family a lot, he was around me one day, we went to a Trump rally and he was respectful, like you say. And right when we left he got on the internet and started talking s—t. So I don’t respect that. If you’ve got something to say, say it to my face. And it’s just fake, he’s trying to bring attention to himself. And I get it, like, I make money with my fighting, he makes money with his mouth. If he wanted to make money off his fighting he’d be a broke motherf—ker.”

Despite Gaethje disdain towards Covington, he does admit that Covington can fight. In fact, he recognizes that the Welterweight wrestler would be a difficult challenge for him inside the Octagon.

“I think he’s a great fighter. But he sucks to watch. But yeah, if I fought him in the cage he’d probably beat me, because of his size and his ability to move forward and to grapple. But in a street fight, there’s no f—king chance. Because in a street fight I’d grab a brick and hit him in the f—king head. Yeah, can’t do that in this sport. There’s rules here. You got rules in this sport and in the street there are no rules. I think the only rule is don’t hit somebody from the back, so I’m definitely on his side when it comes to what happened with Masvidal. I think that was a b—ch move. But I like Masvidal more.”

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