The UFC welterweight division was turned upside down on the weekend in UFC 235, as Kamaru Usman completely ruled Tyron Woodley to become the new titleholder in 170lbs. The chances had Usman recorded as a significant underdog, but he demonstrated the chances wrong as he completely dominated the fight from bell to bell and became the new UFC welterweight champion. And today, we know exactly what the next challenge will be for the new champ.
According to UFC president Dana White, Usman won’t make his first title defense in a rematch against Woodley. Rather, Usman will take on former 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, after the cameras were turned off they had a good discussion as grown men, and made amends for their public spat over Covington not having the title shot against Woodley.
White says that Covington will take on Usman, and it is likely this struggle will take place sometime in the summer, perhaps 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 damage at all in the Woodley fight, and Covington is healthful as well, therefore the UFC should not have any trouble getting this fight booked whenever possible. Considering how stagnant the welterweight division was times when Woodley was the champ, it will be nice to see Usman keep on a busy schedule as champ. At his current pace, he’ll hopefully struggle three occasions this year.
As far as the Usman vs. Covington struggle goes, it claims to get enormous marketing leading up to it as both guys are excellent talkers in the media. As for the matchup itself, it is a battle between two of the greatest wrestlers at 170lbs. If you had asked me to lineup this fight one year ago, I would have given Covington a small nod. But after seeing what Usman didn’t Woodley, you absolutely need to see Usman recorded as a sizeable favorite. Now, I think that the oddsmakers would need to open up Usman as at a 2-to-1 favorite, or more. What he did Woodley was absolutely pure domination, and as fantastic as Covington has been himself in the UFC, Usman has appeared even better.
UFC Wants Jones vs. Santos Next
Additionally, White reported the UFC wants to reserve Jon Jones contrary to Thiago Santos for the UFC light heavyweight title . Jones had a bit of a scare in his struggle against Anthony Smith because he lost his belt due by DQ due to an illegal knee of a downed opponent, however he ended up winning a lopsided decision in the end of the five rounds. When 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 dazzling KO over Jan Blachowicz and has gone 3-0 as a light hearted, so he is more than deserving of combating Jones. Hopefully this fight 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 struggle a few more times as well.
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