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 now, we understand what the next challenge will be to your new champ.
In accordance with UFC president Dana White, Usman won’t make his initial title defense at 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 at 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 good debate as grown men, and made amends for their public spat over Covington not having the title shot against Woodley.
White states that Covington will now take on Usman, and it is probably this struggle will take place sometime in the summer, perhaps at International Fight intersection this July in Las Vegas, or maybe on the UFC’s pay-per-view card at Chicago in August. Usman didn’t take any harm at all in the Woodley struggle, and Covington is healthy as well, so the UFC should have no problem getting this battle booked whenever possible. Contemplating how stagnant the welterweight division was times when Woodley was the champ, it is going to be nice to see Usman continue a busy schedule as champ. At his current rate, he will hopefully fight three occasions this year.
So far as the Usman vs. Covington struggle goes, it claims to get tremendous marketing 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 best wrestlers in 170lbs. If you had asked me to line this struggle a year ago, I’d have contributed Covington a small nod. But after seeing what Usman did to Woodley, you absolutely need to see Usman recorded as a big favorite. Now, I believe the oddsmakers would need to open up Usman as at least a 2-to-1 favored, or more. What he did Woodley was absolutely pure domination, as good as Covington was himself at the UFC,” Usman has looked even better.
UFC Requires Jones vs. Santos Next
Additionally, White said the UFC would like to book 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 as he nearly lost his belt caused by DQ due to an illegal knee using a downed opponent, but he ended up winning a lopsided decision in the end of the five rounds. If asked by reporters if Jones could struggle Brock Lesnar next, White reported the UFC would like to reserve Santos against Jones. Santos is coming from a dazzling KO over Jan Blachowicz and has gone 3-0 as a light hearted, therefore he is more than deserving of combating Jones. Hopefully this fight is reserved soon, since Jones took no harm against Smith and it would be nice to see him remain on a busy scheduled in 2019 and fight a couple more times too.
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