UFC President Dana White has confirmed that Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington will fight once again soon.
In a recent interview with SI, White said: “We’re working on something for [Usman], it will be against Colby Covington.”
Usman is undefeated in the UFC so far. He has been extremely active in the division since winning the UFC strap. His recent fight came up against Jorge Masvidal where he outplayed the Street Jesus before sending him down to the canvas with a powerful haymaker.
Usman has won both fights against the Street Jesus and now he’s willing to make it 2-0 against Covington as well.
The Nigerian Nightmare and Chaos share prolonged bad blood in the UFC. However, it was Usman who emerged victorious after throwing his title on the line at UFC 245, breaking Covington’s jaw in the process.
He won the fight in the fifth round via knockout to send the UFC fraternity in a frenzy.
But the news of a rematch between the two juggernauts of the welterweight division is no surprise to the fans since the UFC president has been in favour of it ever since Usman thumped the American superstar.
When is Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington?
According to the UFC chief, both welterweights will share the octagon in September.
How can I watch Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington?
Just acquire an ESPN+ subscription to enjoy the rematch between two of the most talked-about UFC fighters later this year.
Usman questions Covington’s worthiness
In a May 12 interview, Dana White had already hinted that their fight is in the works. He had remarked: “I have dinner with Usman tonight… I don’t know what has he got on his mind or whatever. He wanted to get together and talk… Usman vs Covington is one of the greatest fights I’ve ever seen in my life. It is an incredible fight.”
Nonetheless, Usman is not reluctant to take up the Covington challenge again, but he has questioned if his opponent is worthy to get a title shot again.
“I’m not going to say I don’t want the fight. I want all the smoke, It doesn’t matter who it is. I want all the smoke. At the end of the day, it’s what have you done to earn this?“ the UFC champ questioned.
“Your claim to fame can’t be, ‘Oh, I went five rounds and then the guy broke my jaw and finished me,’” Usman explained. “That can’t be your claim to fame. (Jorge) Masvidal went five rounds with me too. Tyron Woodley went five rounds with me. You can’t sit around and fight three fights in three years and expect to get a title shot when I just fought three times in nine months. The champion can’t be the most active guy in the division.“
Covington thinks otherwise.
He feels that Usman is ducking him and he’s the No. 1 contender to face him again.
Speaking to MMA Junkie, he said: “There’s a No. 1 next to my name [in the rankings]. I’m going to fight for a world title my next fight, whether it’s going to be Marty, where it’s going to be – we don’t know where, we don’t know who yet, but we will fight for the world title next.”