Colby Covington Eager To Score Trilogy With Kamaru Usman: ‘There Needs To Be Another Fight’

Despite finding himself on the receiving end of losses to current UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Usman, former interim welterweight titleholder, Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington has claimed that he still has unfinished business with the gold holder. And wants to score a third, trilogy tie with the Auchi native in the future.

Headlining UFC 268 just earlier this month in a championship rematch against Usman, Covington suffered a unanimous decision loss against Usman in his second pursuit of undisputed welterweight gold — despite a late rallying effort in the latter half of the fight.

The outing came as MMA Masters trainee, Covington’s second against Usman during his professional career, with the duo initially clashing in the main event of UFC 245 in December 2019 where Usman scored the first successful defense of his welterweight crown with an eventual fifth round knockout triumph.

In the time since and between those pair of losses to Usman, Clovis native, Covington took home a fifth round victory of his own against common-opposition, Tyron Woodley back in September of last year after the latter suffered a fifth round rib injury.

Speaking with Submission Radio, the outspoken, Covington maintains he still won three of the five rounds against Usman earlier this month. And should have likely took home the title that night.

“I clearly won that fight three to two,” Covington said. “The third, fourth, and fifth round were my rounds. And even if you were looking on a different side of the scope, I think you could see me winning the first round too. It was very close and competitive. After ten rounds, the people see what happened. We fought two times. At the ten rounds — at the worst, I’m winning six rounds to four. So, I think there needs to be another fight, there’s needs to be a trilogy if he [Kamaru Usman] stays around, if he wants to stick around. After fighting me two times I think he realizes how serious I am and how bad I want that belt. So, I don’t know if he’s willing in that Octagon like I am, and I’m gonna get my shot back at him – if he doesn’t retire first. He might retire and just go ride off into the sunset. But if not, I’m looking for that Marty trilogy.”

While Covington has a distinct interest in matching with Usman for a third time in the future, the defending champion continues to find himself linked with another rematch in the form of a championship battle with the #3 ranked, Leon Edwards.

Team Renegade BJJ & MMA mainstay, Edwards was removed from the UFC 269 card next month entirely following the shelving of his pairing with Jorge Masvidal. And is expected to sit out and wait for a championship re-run opposite December 2015 foe, Usman in his next Octagon walk.


Ross Markey

An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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  1. […] Himself speaking of his rematch with Usman, former interim gold holder, Covington, who briefly showed some respect to his foe post-fight, claimed that the two need to share the Octagon for a third time in a trilogy bout before it’s …. […]

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