The UFC welterweight division was turned upside down on the weekend at 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 proved the odds wrong as he completely dominated the fight from bell to bell and became the newest UFC welterweight champion. And today, we understand exactly what the next challenge will be for the new champ.
According to UFC president Dana White, Usman will not 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 monitoring down White in a Las Vegas casino and demanding a title shot. According to 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 maybe not getting the title shot against Woodley.
White states that Covington will now take on Usman, and it is likely this struggle will occur sometime in the summer, possibly at International Fight Week this July in Las Vegas, or maybe about the UFC’s pay-per-view card in Chicago in August. Usman didn’t take any harm whatsoever in the Woodley fight, and Covington is healthful as well, so 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 continue a hectic schedule as champ. At his current pace, he will hopefully fight three times this year.
So far as the Usman vs. Covington fight goes, it promises to get tremendous promotion leading up to it as both guys are excellent talkers in the media. As for the matchup itself, it’s a struggle between two of the greatest wrestlers in 170lbs. If you had asked me to lineup this fight a year ago, I’d have given Covington a small nod. But after seeing what Usman did to Woodley, you definitely need to see Usman listed as a big favorite. Now, I think 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 good as Covington has been himself at the UFC,” Usman has looked even better.
UFC Requires Jones vs. Santos Next
White reported the UFC would like to reserve Jon Jones against Thiago Santos for the UFC light heavyweight title. Jones had a small scare in his fight against Anthony Smith because he nearly lost his belt caused 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 brilliant KO over Jan Blachowicz and has gone 3-0 as a light heavyweight, so he’s more than deserving of combating Jones. Hopefully this fight is booked soon, since Jones took no harm against Smith also it would be nice to see him stay on a busy scheduled in 2019 and fight a few more times as well.
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