The UFC welterweight division was turned upside down over the weekend at UFC 235, as Kamaru Usman absolutely dominated Tyron Woodley to become the new titleholder in 170lbs. The chances had Usman recorded as a significant underdog, but he proved the chances wrong as he absolutely dominated the battle from bell to bell and became the new UFC welterweight champion. And now, we know what the next challenge is going to be for the new champ.
According to UFC president Dana White, Usman will not make his first title defense in a rematch against Woodley. Instead, Usman will take on former interim champ Colby Covington next. Over the weekend video emerged of Covington tracking down White in 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 fantastic discussion as grown men, and made amends to their public spat over Covington not having the title shot against Woodley.
White states that Covington will take on Usman, and it’s probably this fight will occur sometime in the summer, perhaps at International Fight Week this July in Las Vegas, or maybe on the UFC’s pay-per-view card in Chicago in August. Usman didn’t take any damage at all in the Woodley struggle, and Covington is healthful as well, so the UFC should have no problem getting this fight booked whenever possible. Contemplating how stagnant the welterweight division was at times when Woodley was the champ, it is going to be nice to see Usman continue a hectic schedule as champ. At his current rate, he’ll hopefully struggle three occasions this year.
So far as the Usman vs. Covington fight goes, it promises to have tremendous promotion leading up to it since both men are excellent talkers in the media. As for the matchup itself, it is a battle between two of the greatest wrestlers at 170lbs. In the event that you’d asked me to lineup this fight a year ago, I’d have contributed Covington a slight nod. But after seeing what Usman didn’t Woodley, you absolutely need to see Usman recorded as a sizeable favorite. Now, I believe that the oddsmakers would have to open up Usman as at least a 2-to-1 favorite, if not more. What he did to Woodley was absolutely pure domination, and as fantastic as Covington has been himself at the UFC,” Usman has looked even better.
UFC Requires Jones vs. Santos Next
White reported the UFC wants to book Jon Jones contrary to Thiago Santos for the UFC light heavyweight title . Jones had a small scare in his struggle against Anthony Smith as he lost his belt due by DQ due to an illegal knee of a downed opponent, but he ended up winning a lopsided decision in the conclusion of the five rounds. If asked by reporters if Jones could struggle Brock Lesnar next, White said the UFC wants to book Santos from Jones. Santos is coming off of a brilliant KO over Jan Blachowicz and has gone 3-0 as a light heavyweight, therefore he is more than deserving of fighting Jones. Hopefully this struggle is reserved soon, since Jones took no damage against Smith also it would be wonderful to see him stay on a busy scheduled in 2019 and struggle a couple more times too.
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