The UFC welterweight division was turned upside down over the weekend at UFC 235, as Kamaru Usman completely ruled Tyron Woodley to become the new titleholder in 170lbs. The odds had Usman recorded as a significant underdog, but he demonstrated the chances wrong as he absolutely dominated the battle from bell to bell and became the new UFC welterweight champion. And now, we understand exactly what the next challenge is going to be for the 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 monitoring down White at 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 fantastic 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’s probably this fight 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 in Chicago in August. Usman did not take any damage at all from the Woodley fight, and Covington is healthful as well, therefore the UFC should not have any trouble getting this fight booked as soon as 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 hectic schedule as champ. At his current rate, he will hopefully struggle three occasions this year.
So far as the Usman vs. Covington fight goes, it promises to get enormous marketing leading up to it since both guys are excellent talkers from the media. As for the matchup itself, it’s a struggle between two of the greatest wrestlers at 170lbs. If you’d asked me to line this struggle one year ago, I’d have given Covington a slight nod. But after seeing what Usman did to Woodley, you definitely have to see Usman listed as a big favorite. Now, I believe that the oddsmakers would have to open up Usman as at a 2-to-1 favorite, or more. What he did Woodley was pure domination, and as good 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 book Jon Jones contrary to Thiago Santos for the UFC light heavyweight title next. Jones had a small scare in his struggle against Anthony Smith because he lost his belt caused by DQ due to an illegal knee using a downed opponent, however he ended up winning a lopsided decision in the end of the five rounds. If asked by reporters if Jones could fight Brock Lesnar next, White reported the UFC would like 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’s more than deserving of combating Jones. Hopefully this fight is booked soon, since Jones took no damage against Smith and it would be wonderful to see him stay on a busy scheduled in 2019 and fight a couple more times too.
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