Usman: Gambling Debts Forced Colby Return

Kamaru Usman had one thought when he found out that Colby Covington decided to fight Robbie Lawler on August 3rd at the Prudential Center, instead of waiting to fight the welterweight champion upon his return…

“I literally smacked my head like this kid f**ks it up again, again. I said from the start, this was going to be his fight to mess up and that is exactly (why) he did what he just did. Those gambling debts might have caught up to him, you never know the backstory of what is going on,” Kamaru Usman said to TMZ.

“Debts might have caught up to him, he hasn’t fought for a long time trying to sit out and be a pest to not just to me but to Woodley at some point and also to Dana White at some point.”

After passing up a chance to face former champion Tyron Woodley in Dallas late in 2018 to have nasal surgery, Covington has now passed up the chance again to fight for the title he claims to covet, possibly passed in line by newcomer Ben Askren.

“I need to put my hands on Covington, I gotta get that out of the way. But, Ben Askren is next,” Kamaru Usman said. “He is the representative of this new aid society where trolls and these guys that probably could never touch you or do anything to you feel like because they have a platform on the internet, I am going to talk as reckless as possible,” he added.

“So, I kind of need to humble him up. But, it doesn’t matter, I just want to fight and get back to doing what I love and get back to competing. So it doesn’t matter either of them can get it.”

Transcription: BJPenn.com

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