Former interim UFC welterweight champion may be currently preoccupied with an upcoming November rematch against reigning undisputed gold holder, Kamaru Usman at UFC 268, however, that hasn’t prevented him from outlining plans to meet with middleweight kingpin, Israel Adesanya in the future.
Covington, who is slated to headline a UFC 268 pay-per-view event on November 6. against Usman, will make his first Octagon outing since September of last year where he took home a fifth round TKO victory over former welterweight champion and promotional alum, Tyron Woodley at UFC Vegas 11.
The victory came as Covington’s first since his premier title challenge under the promotion’s banner back at UFC 245 back in December of 2019. Turning in a Fight of the Year contender, the Californian suffered an eventual fifth round knockout loss to Usman, who in turn turned in his first successful title defense.
Ever since, the recent MMA Masters mover has campaigned for a title rematch against Usman, waiting in line behind recent challenges from former American Top Team teammate, Jorge Masvidal, and Sanford MMA staple, Gilbert Burns.
Prior to Usman’s April rematch with Masvidal, UFC president, Dana White had outlined that should Usman prevail — a re-run opposite Covington would await him as a result.
Appearing in a video shoot alongside energy drink brand, Bang Energy — who Covington has collaborated with in the past, he claimed that once he defeated Usman, he would prepare for a title shot a division higher against City Kickboxing striker, Adesanya.
“I’m gonna fight in my weight class against Kamaru Usman,” Covington responded when asked by Jack Owoc what plans he had for his next two fights. “I’m gonna get the world title, 170 (lbs), welterweight, and then I’m going to be working with you (Owoc) and Bang Energy to put on the muscle mass and we’re going to go up to middleweight, to 185 (lbs) and we’re going to beat Israel Adesanya.“
While Covington has laid out plans to execute a future move to the middleweight division, current weight class pack leader, Adesanya is widely expected to attempt his latest title defense opposite former undisputed champion, Robert Whittaker in a re-run of their October 2019 title unification clash.
An outspoken character, Covington, who boasts a 16-2 professional record, has competed 13 times under the UFC’s banner where he has managed victories against the likes of Mike Pyle, Max Griffin, Bryan Barberena, Dong Hyun Kim, Demian Maia, as well as the former championship holding trio of Rafael dos Anjos, Robbie Lawler, and Tyron Woodley.
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