Colby Covington Eyes Trilogy Bout Against Kamaru Usman With Win Over Jorge Masvidal

    ByRoss Markey

    Jan 26, 2022

    Former interim UFC welterweight champion, Colby Covington has a couple of goals in mind for 2022 – including earning a trilogy championship clash with reigning division best, Kamaru Usman, off the back of a UFC 272 win over Jorge Masvidal in March. 

    Covington, who holds an 0-2 record against the defending welterweight kingpin, forced the Auchi native the distance at UFC 268 back in November, dropping a unanimous decision loss despite a late fourth and fifth round rally.

    Booking a swift Octagon return, the outspoken Clovis native is set to headline UFC 272 on March 5. from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada – tackling former friend and past American Top Team training partner, Masvidal in a heated, well-overdue grudge match.

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    The former interim welterweight titleholder earned his second career crack at Usman back in September 2020 with a fifth round TKO victory over former welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley. And with a victory over arch-rival, Masvidal in March, the MMA Masters mover sets sights on scoring a third bout with Usman.

    “It puts me right back in line to get another fight with (Kamaru) Usman,” Colby Covington told MMA Junkie. “The people saw in Madison Square Garden and New York City what happened in that fight. I easily won three rounds. I think I won four rounds. The only round he clearly won was the second. I won the first, the third, and fourth, and fifth, so the people saw that. They want that fight again.”

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    “There’s no one that’s on his (Kamaru Usman) level that can compete with him like I can, so this fight needs to happen again,” Colby Covington said. “There needs to be a trilogy because he hasn’t proved that he’s the better fighter. He hasn’t proved that he’s the best welterweight in the world, and there’s still unfinished business there. So I think after I finish Jorge Masvidal on March 5., it puts me right back in line to get my title shot.”