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 odds had Usman recorded as a sizeable underdog, but he proved the odds wrong as he absolutely dominated the fight from bell to bell and became the newest UFC welterweight champion. And today, we understand what the next challenge is going to be to your new champ.
In accordance with UFC president Dana White, Usman will not make his first title defense in a rematch against Woodley. Instead, Usman will take on prior interim champ Colby Covington next. Over the weekend movie emerged of Covington monitoring down White at a Las Vegas casino and demanding a title shot. In accordance with both Covington and White, once the cameras were turned off they had a good discussion as grown men, and made amends for their public spat over Covington maybe not getting the title shot against Woodley.
White says that Covington will take on Usman, and it is probably this fight will take place sometime in the summer, perhaps at International Fight intersection this July in Las Vegas, or perhaps on the UFC’s pay-per-view card in Chicago in August. Usman did not take any harm at all from the Woodley fight, and Covington is healthful too, therefore the UFC should not have any trouble getting this fight booked whenever possible. Contemplating how stagnant the welterweight division was 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 struggle three times this year.
So far as the Usman vs. Covington struggle goes, it claims to get enormous promotion leading up to it as both guys are excellent talkers in the media. In terms of the matchup itself, it’s a battle between two of the greatest wrestlers at 170lbs. In the event that you had asked me to lineup this fight one year ago, I would have contributed Covington a slight nod. But after seeing what Usman did to Woodley, you absolutely have to see Usman listed as a sizeable favorite. Now, I believe the oddsmakers would need to open up Usman as at a 2-to-1 favorite, or more. What he did Woodley was pure domination, and as fantastic as Covington was himself at the UFC, Usman has looked even better.
UFC Wants Jones vs. Santos Next
White said the UFC would like to reserve Jon Jones contrary to Thiago Santos for the UFC light heavyweight title . Jones had a bit of a scare in his fight against Anthony Smith because he lost his belt due by DQ because of an illegal knee using a downed opponent, but he ended up winning a lopsided decision in the conclusion of their five rounds. If asked by reporters if Jones could fight Brock Lesnar next, White reported the UFC would like to reserve Santos from Jones. Santos is coming from a brilliant KO over Jan Blachowicz and has gone 3-0 as a light hearted, therefore he’s more than deserving of fighting Jones. Hopefully this fight is reserved soon, since Jones took no harm against Smith also it would be nice to see him stay on a busy scheduled in 2019 and struggle a couple more times too.
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