After Kamaru Usman successfully defended his title for the second time over Jorge Masvidal, it seemed clear that his next fight would be another rematch, against Colby Covington. This is on account of Covington being the #1 ranked contender in the division, as well as Dana White confirming it’s the fight to make at the post fight press conference.
However, Usman never confirmed as such, and now appears to be looking elsewhere for his next opponent. The main factor being activity, and he doesn’t seem to like the fact that many contenders are attempting to sit on their ranking and wait for their shot.
In an interview with ESPN MMA, Usman’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz spoke to Brett Okamoto, telling him that Usman wants to fight again soon, against whoever is on a win streak. You can see the interview below:
“Kamaru Usman called me yesterday, he said June 12th, who has the longest winning streak, in the top 5?” Abdelaziz told ESPN MMA.
“I said Michael Chiesa. He said let’s throw Michael Chiesa a bone, ask the UFC if he can fight June 12th. Listen to me, Kamaru can fight three more times this year. The only way to stay relevant is to fight often, Kamaru is the guy. Why Colby? Why not Michael Chiesa? Or whoever is on a win streak, it can be Vicente Luque.”
Michael Chiesa is currently on a four fight win streak and ranked #7 in the welterweight division. His most recent win is over Neil Magny.
It’ll be interesting to see what’s next for the welterweight champion, and whether this will force some of his surrounding contenders to keep active against each other.
- Usman on breaking Covington’s jaw being “probably” one of the favorite moments in his career.
- Dana White unsure on Nick Diaz’ future: “Fighting is a young man’s game.”
- Garbrandt questions Dillashaw’s abilities without “having a needle shoved up his ass.”
- Dana White: “Imagine Chandler and Gaethje… that’d be a fun fight.”
- Tony Ferguson: “I’m competing regularly again… don’t count me out.”