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 at 170lbs. The odds had Usman listed 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 today, we know what the next challenge is going to 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. Rather, Usman will take on prior interim champ Colby Covington next. Over the weekend movie emerged of Covington tracking 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 good discussion as grown men, and made amends to their public spat over Covington not getting the title shot against Woodley.
White says that Covington will take on Usman, and it is likely this struggle will occur sometime in the summer, perhaps at International Fight Week this July in Las Vegas, or maybe about the UFC’s pay-per-view card at Chicago in August. Usman did not take any harm at all in the Woodley fight, and Covington is healthy as well, so the UFC should have no trouble getting this battle booked as soon as possible. Contemplating how stagnant the welterweight division was at times when Woodley was the champ, it will be wonderful to see Usman keep on a busy schedule as champ. At his current pace, he’ll hopefully struggle three times this past year.
As far as the Usman vs. Covington fight goes, it promises to have tremendous marketing leading up to it as both guys are excellent talkers from the media. In terms of the matchup itself, it’s a battle between two of the best wrestlers at 170lbs. In the event that you’d asked me to line this fight one year ago, I’d have contributed Covington a slight nod. But after seeing what Usman didn’t Woodley, you definitely have to see Usman listed as a sizeable favorite. Now, I believe the oddsmakers would have to open up Usman as at least a 2-to-1 favorite, or more. What he did to Woodley was absolutely pure domination, and as good as Covington has been himself in 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. Jones had a bit of a scare in his struggle against Anthony Smith as he lost his belt due by DQ due to an illegal knee using a downed opponent, but he ended up winning a lopsided decision at the conclusion of their five rounds. If asked by reporters if Jones could struggle Brock Lesnar next, White reported the UFC would like to book Santos from Jones. Santos is coming off of a brilliant 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 booked shortly, because Jones took no damage against Smith and it would be nice to see him remain on a busy scheduled in 2019 and struggle a few more times as well.
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