COLBY COVINGTON claims rival Ben Askren will be axed by the UFC if he loses his next fight following a five-second defeat to Jorge Masvidal.
The former Olympic wrestler completed a long awaited move to the UFC this year and beat MMA legend Robbie Lawler in his first fight.
But in his second bout Askren was on the receiving end of the quickest KO in octagon history following a flying knee from Masvidal.
Former interim welterweight champion Covington, who previously feuded with “Funky” told Sirius XM his UFC colleague will be sacked from the company if he loses his next rumoured fight against Damian Maia.
Covington said: “It was finally good to see him be shut up. We found out he is overhyped he is overrated.
“He fought a bunch of losers in Asian bingo halls and had a padded record and people want to think he is this Great White Shark but really he is a jobber and shouldn’t be in the UFC.
“He is 0-2 and about to go 0-3 and about to get his walking papers.”
Askren held the ONE Championship welterweight title after holding a title in the same division for Bellator.
In the American’s first UFC fight referee Herb Dean was criticised for adjudging Lawler to have been choked despite the former champion still being conscious.
Following the controversial win and KO defeat to Masvidal, Covington claimed Maia will “piece” Askren up after already saying his rival will go “0-3”.
He said: “He can’t beat Demian Maia anywhere. Demain Maia will choke him out if he shoots in for a takedown.
“If it is on the feet he is going to get pieced up because he has pillow hands and is scared to throw punches and get punched. So, I think Demian Maia is going to piece him up.”