Did Kamaru Usman Just Pass Colby Covington? • MMA News
All of us thought the UFC welterweight title image was discovered, however after this previous weekend’s TUF 28 Finale principal occasion, it’s laborious to say at this level what is going to occur. It was assumed UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley could be combating Colby Covington in early 2019, with UFC 233 in January rumored because the goal date. However after Kamaru Usman’s dominant win over Rafael dos Anjos on the TUF 28 Finale, there’s no telling which of Usman or Covington will win the Woodley sweepstakes.
As a result of all of the drama and trash speak Woodley and Covington have been stepping into over the previous couple of months ever since Covington beat RDA again at UFC 225 to win the interim welterweight belt, it was assumed “Chaos” could be subsequent in line for “The Chosen One.” Not so quick. An damage to his nostril meant Covington couldn’t struggle Woodley at UFC 228 again in September and Woodley as a substitute fought Darren Until, beating him by submission. The struggle recreation is all about timing, and it seems Covington might have missed his probability to get a title shot as a result of Usman may need stolen it with the one-sided win over RDA.
Though UFC president Dana White mentioned earlier final week on the UFC Unfiltered podcast that the promotion was nonetheless planning on having Woodley struggle Covington, after Usman’s violent victory over RDA the president modified his tune and he now says “The Nigerian Nightmare” might leap in line. And it’s laborious to argue in opposition to it. Sure, Covington is 9-1 within the UFC and that file ought to be adequate to get anybody a title shot, however Usman is 9-Zero and hasn’t misplaced contained in the Octagon but. Based mostly on their head-to-head performances in opposition to RDA, you may see why the UFC is considering bumping up Usman in opposition to Woodley.
Though Covington beat RDA, he basically neutralized him in opposition to the fence and it was a fairly uninteresting struggle. Not solely that, but it surely was fairly shut and Covington needed to edge out a few shut rounds to take residence the interim title. Usman, in the meantime, completely beat down RDA from bell-to-bell in each the putting and grappling departments. This struggle wasn’t even shut. Everyone knows the UFC brass desire putting to grappling, and Usman’s enhancements in his standup could be simply what the physician ordered. If he had simply laid down on RDA and wrestled him for 5 rounds, we will not be speaking a few attainable title shot for him. However although he didn’t get the end in opposition to the sturdy RDA, the actual fact he confirmed off such improved putting would possibly lead the UFC matchmakers to consider he has a greater probability at beating Woodley. Whereas Covington would doubtless promote the struggle in opposition to Woodley higher simply primarily based on his capacity to be a troll, he’s nonetheless unproven as a pay-per-view draw. Usman isn’t at Covington’s stage on the mic, however he’s enhancing his trash speak recreation and the UFC might really feel like he sells the struggle in opposition to Woodley simply in addition to Covington would.
In the end all of it comes right down to timing. We don’t even know when Woodley will struggle once more, or who he needs to struggle. If we needed to guess, he’d doubtless say neither Usman or Covington deserve a shot at him, however the UFC will make him struggle one in every of them. We don’t know if Covington is able to come again but, both. At this level, you must marvel why the Woodley vs. Covington struggle hasn’t been booked and what the issue is there. Though all of us assumed it could be Covington subsequent in line, a dominant principal occasion victory on the TUF 28 Finale by Usman might change the UFC’s ideas on that taking place. It looks like White is already fascinated about making a change and giving Usman the subsequent crack on the belt, and primarily based on how superb he regarded in opposition to RDA it’s laborious to argue in opposition to that. Based mostly on benefit, each Covington and Usman need to struggle for the UFC welterweight title, however just one will get the struggle. With the UFC saying new playing cards for 2019 left, proper, and middle, you’d should assume we’ll know extra in regards to the welterweight title sweepstakes quickly. One fighter goes to be handed over, and we’ll hopefully quickly discover out who that’s.