Welterweight champion and #2 P4P fighter in the UFC, Kamaru Usman, is riding high after knocking out his last three opponents who challenged for his title. Those three men include Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal, Gilbert ‘Durinho’ Burns and Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington.
Usman has described his current run in the UFC as “lapping” his opponents. He is now looking to beat contenders not once, but twice. Next on the list to “lap” would appear to be who many would consider his greatest rival to date, Colby Covington. The two fought back in 2019, in what was an instant classic, ending in Covington suffering a fifth round TKO loss.
The reason that Covington initially appeared to be next was the fact that he is the #1 contender in the division, and after Usman’s last title defence, UFC President, Dana White, stated that Usman vs Covington 2 was the fight to make.
However, speaking to ESPN MMA, Usman declared that he had other ideas, proposing fresh matchups against the likes of Michael Chiesa, Leon Edwards, or other welterweight contenders who are not on a win streak:
“I’m not going to say I don’t want the fight [against Covington],” Usman said.
“I want all the smoke, it doesn’t matter who it is. At the end of the day, it’s ‘what have you done to earn this?’ Your claim to fame can’t be ‘oh I went five rounds then the guy broke my jaw and finished me.’ It can’t be your claim to fame. Masvidal went five rounds with me too. Tyron Woodley went five rounds with me. So that can’t be your claim to fame and you can’t sit around and fight three fights in three years, when I just fought three times in 9 months. The champion can’t be the most active guy in the division.”
“I’ve been through the whole division and now I’m coming back around. So everyone just can’t be sitting around saying ‘I’m next’, I don’t believe in that. Show me something, show me some activity. Leon Edwards, granted he got stuck in that funky spot where he couldn’t fight for two years, that kind of set him back but look at the guy. Since he fought me he’s put together an impressive resume. What was it an eight fight win streak or something like that? You’ve got Michael Chiesa putting a four fight win streak on. You’ve got Vicente Luque coming back and putting on a four fight win streak and finishing these guys. So why does he deserve this shot? Just because he went to five rounds then I broke his jaw then finished the fight?”
“So it doesn’t really make sense to me. I understand it’s a fun fight, it’s an incredible fight and it’s a fight that I’ll like. Because I went to that place. I went to that violent place and of course I wouldn’t mind going there again. I just went there last week, so I wouldn’t mind going there again. It just needs to make sense and when it makes sense, we can do it.”
Both Usman and Covington are currently not scheduled for a bout, but Usman and his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, have made it known that Usman would like to get back in there as soon as June.
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