DANA WHITE CONFIRMS KAMARU USMAN GETS COLBY COVINGTON NEXTCat:未分類
The UFC welterweight division was turned upside down over the weekend in UFC 235, as Kamaru Usman completely ruled Tyron Woodley to become the new titleholder at 170lbs. The odds had Usman recorded as a sizeable underdog, but he proved the odds wrong as he completely dominated the battle from bell to bell and became the new UFC welterweight champion. And now, we know exactly what the next challenge will be for the new champ.
According to UFC president Dana White, Usman will not make his initial title defense at a rematch against Woodley. Rather, Usman will take on prior interim champ Colby Covington next. Over the weekend movie emerged of Covington tracking down White at a Las Vegas casino and demanding a title shot. In accordance with both Covington and White, after the cameras have been turned off they had a good discussion as grown men, and made amends to their public spat over Covington maybe not getting the title shot against Woodley.
White states that Covington will take on Usman, and it’s likely this fight will occur sometime in the summer, possibly at International Fight intersection this July in Las Vegas, or maybe about the UFC’s pay-per-view card at Chicago in August. Usman did not take any harm at all from the Woodley struggle, and Covington is healthy too, therefore the UFC should not have any trouble getting this battle booked as soon as possible. Contemplating how stagnant the welterweight division was at times when Woodley was the champ, it is going to be wonderful to see Usman keep on a busy schedule as champ. At his current rate, he’ll hopefully fight three times this past year.
So far as the Usman vs. Covington struggle goes, it claims to have tremendous marketing leading up to it since both guys are excellent talkers from the media. In terms of the matchup itself, it is a battle between two of the best wrestlers at 170lbs. If you had asked me to line this struggle a year ago, I would have contributed Covington a slight nod. But after seeing what Usman didn’t Woodley, you absolutely have to see Usman recorded as a big favorite. At this point, I believe that the oddsmakers would have to open up Usman as at least a 2-to-1 favorite, or more. What he did to Woodley was absolutely pure domination, as good as Covington has been himself at the UFC, Usman has looked even better.
UFC Wants Jones vs. Santos Next
White said the UFC would like to book Jon Jones against Thiago Santos for the UFC light heavyweight title next. Jones had a small scare in his struggle against Anthony Smith because he lost his belt due by DQ due to an illegal knee using a downed opponent, however he ended up winning a lopsided decision in the conclusion of their five rounds. When asked by reporters if Jones could fight Brock Lesnar next, White reported the UFC would like to book Santos against Jones. Santos is coming from a dazzling KO over Jan Blachowicz and has gone 3-0 as a light heavyweight, therefore he is more than deserving of combating Jones. Hopefully that struggle is booked soon, since Jones took no damage against Smith and it would be nice to see him stay on a busy scheduled in 2019 and fight a couple more times too.
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