UFC president Dana White reveals Kamaru Usman’s next title defence ‘will be Colby Covington rematch’ this autumn and brands champion ‘best pound-for-pound fighter in the world’
- Kamaru Usman is one of the most dominant champions currently in the UFC
- He recently dispatched Jorge Masvidal for second time, winning by knockout
- There was speculation about his next opponent and Colby Covington is in line
- Dana White revealed that the UFC are actively working on making fight happen
UFC president Dana White has revealed that Kamaru Usman will defend his welterweight title against Colby Covington.
The Nigerian Nightmare, who has dominated at 170-pounds, recently knocked out Jorge Masvidal to underline his status as one of the best, if not the best active fighter in MMA.
There had been plenty of speculation over the identity of his next challenge with Britain’s Leon Edwards touted if he beats Nate Diaz at UFC 263 on June 13.
Kamaru Usman has become one of the most dominant champions in the UFC
Usman (right) broke Colby Covington’s jaw (left) in his first title defence in December 2019
But in a blow for ‘Rocky’, the UFC are working on a rematch between Usman and Covington.
White told SI: ‘I agree with you, 100%. Kamaru Usman is the pound-for-pound best fighter in the world.
‘We’re working on something for him, talking about September—but definitely in the fall. It will be against Colby Covington.’
Covington is arguably the most controversial fighter in the sport with a persona designed to generate interest and aggravate a large swathe of fans.
There was plenty of bad blood between him and Usman prior to their first encounter.
And Usman ended up breaking Covington’s jaw, much to the delight of those watching who had been praying for the American to stop talking.
Since that defeat in December 2019, Covington has only fought once, a TKO win over Tyron Woodley.
Many will feel he has hardly earned another crack at the belt given Woodley’s poor recent record and Edwards will have a strong case with a decisive win over Diaz.
That said, Covington will generate significant pay-per-view numbers and the autumn fight is likely to be one of the UFC’s biggest this year.
The news is a blow to Britain’s Leon Edwards who will look for a title shot if he beats Nate Diaz
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