Even though Kamaru Usman wants to destroy Colby Covington, the current UFC welterweight champion is taking his time to return to the Octagon.
Usman, who took the title from Woodley in March, has avoided giving a strict time table for a title defense against the former interim champion, only claiming at the “end of the year.”
“First of all, the most important thing is my health,” Usman told MMA Fighting following a reaggrivated knee injury and a surgery for a double hernia.
“I had a pretty significant surgery after my last fight so I want to get back to the point where I can be in the gym and start training. Then I can become the active and dominant champ that I want to be. We’re talking some contracts that need to be worked out, we’re talking about logistics of where the fight can take place, and the most important is my injury. By the end of the year, I should be fighting again, for sure.”
Covington has not fought since winning the interim welterweight title against Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225 in June of last year, and has been actively campaigning for a fight with Usman or former champion Tyron Woodley. In that time, Covington would win the interim title, pass up a chance to face Woodley for sinus surgery, then be passed over for a fight with Usman.
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