The UFC welterweight division was turned upside down on the weekend in UFC 235, as Kamaru Usman absolutely dominated Tyron Woodley to become the new titleholder at 170lbs. The chances had Usman listed 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 today, we understand what the next challenge is going to be to your new champ.
According to UFC president Dana White, Usman won’t make his initial 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 tracking down White in a Las Vegas casino and demanding a title shot. In accordance with both Covington and White, once the cameras were switched off they had a fantastic discussion as grown men, and made amends to their public spat over Covington maybe not having the title shot against Woodley.
White states that Covington will now take on Usman, and it’s likely this fight will take place sometime in the summer, perhaps at International Fight intersection this July in Las Vegas, or perhaps about the UFC’s pay-per-view card in Chicago in August. Usman didn’t take any harm whatsoever from the Woodley struggle, and Covington is healthful as well, therefore the UFC should have no trouble getting this battle 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 continue a hectic schedule as champ. At his current rate, he’ll hopefully fight three occasions this past year.
As far as the Usman vs. Covington fight goes, it promises to have enormous marketing leading up to it since both men are excellent talkers in the media. As for the matchup itself, it’s a battle between two of the greatest wrestlers at 170lbs. In the event that you’d asked me to line this fight a year ago, I’d have given Covington a slight nod. But after seeing what Usman didn’t Woodley, you absolutely need to see Usman listed as a sizeable favorite. At this point, I think that the oddsmakers would have to open up Usman as at a 2-to-1 favored, or more. What he did Woodley was absolutely pure domination, and as good as Covington has been himself at the UFC, Usman has looked even better.
UFC Wants Jones vs. Santos Next
Also, White reported the UFC would like to book Jon Jones against Thiago Santos for the UFC light heavyweight title. Jones had a bit of a scare in his struggle against Anthony Smith as he lost his belt due by DQ because of an illegal knee of a downed opponent, however he ended up winning a lopsided decision at the conclusion of the five rounds. When asked by reporters if Jones could fight Brock Lesnar next, White reported the UFC wants to reserve Santos against Jones. Santos is coming from a dazzling KO over Jan Blachowicz and has gone 3-0 as a light hearted, so he’s more than deserving of combating Jones. Hopefully this fight is reserved shortly, since Jones took no damage against Smith also it would be nice to see him stay on a busy scheduled in 2019 and struggle a couple more times as well.
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