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DANA WHITE CONFIRMS KAMARU USMAN GETS COLBY COVINGTON NEXT

The UFC welterweight division was turned upside down on the weekend at UFC 235, as Kamaru Usman absolutely dominated Tyron Woodley to become the new titleholder in 170lbs. The odds had Usman listed as a significant underdog, but he demonstrated the odds wrong as he completely 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 will not make his initial 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 tracking down White at a Las Vegas casino and demanding a title shot. According to 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 maybe not having the title shot against Woodley.
White states that Covington will take on Usman, and it’s likely this fight will take place sometime in the summer, perhaps at International Fight intersection this July in Las Vegas, or perhaps on the UFC’s pay-per-view card in Chicago in August. Usman didn’t take any damage whatsoever in the Woodley struggle, and Covington is healthful as well, therefore the UFC should not have any problem getting this fight booked whenever possible. Contemplating how stagnant the welterweight division was at times when Woodley was the champ, it will be nice to see Usman continue a busy schedule as champ. At his current pace, he’ll hopefully fight three times this past year.
So far as the Usman vs. Covington struggle goes, it promises to get tremendous marketing leading up to it as both guys are excellent talkers in the media. In terms of the matchup itself, it is a battle between two of the greatest wrestlers in 170lbs. In the event that you’d asked me to lineup this fight one year ago, I would have given Covington a slight nod. But after seeing what Usman did to Woodley, you absolutely need to see Usman recorded as a sizeable favorite. At this point, I believe the oddsmakers would need 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 Requires Jones vs. Santos Next
White reported the UFC wants to reserve Jon Jones against Thiago Santos for the UFC light heavyweight title. Jones had a bit of a scare in his struggle against Anthony Smith because he lost his belt due by DQ due to an illegal knee of a downed opponent, however he ended up winning a lopsided decision in the conclusion of the five rounds. When asked by reporters if Jones could struggle Brock Lesnar next, White said the UFC wants to reserve Santos against Jones. Santos is coming off of a dazzling KO over Jan Blachowicz and has gone 3-0 as a light heavyweight, so he is more than deserving of combating Jones. Hopefully that fight is reserved soon, because Jones took no damage against Smith also it would be wonderful to see him stay on a busy scheduled in 2019 and struggle a few more times as well.
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