Usman vs. Covington Targeted for UFC 244

Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington have had no love lost since Usman’s rise to the UFC welterweight championship, and it appears a meeting between the pair is almost official.

Per a report from Combate, a welterweight title fight between Usman and Covington is being targeted for UFC 244.

Usman claimed the UFC’s 170-pound title with a win over Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 in March. Usman, the TUF 21 winner, is 10-0 inside the Octagon and has not lost since May 2013 — which marked just his second professional bout.

Covington, meanwhile, has taken a rise of a different kind, showcasing a brash, cocky attitude, unafraid to cross lines and express his support for controversial U.S. President Donald Trump. Covington is on a seven-fight win streak, defeating Rafael dos Anjos for the interim UFC welterweight title at UFC 225. He was, however, stripped of the title months later after injury prevented him from unifying with Woodley.

Covington most recently competed earlier this month at UFC Newark, dominating Robbie Lawler in a unanimous decision that saw him set the record for significant strike attempts in a single UFC fight. On the post-fight show after the event, Covington and Usman got into an intense exchanging of words.

There is no word if Usman vs. Covington will be the main event of UFC 244 or one of multiple title fights.

UFC 244 takes place on November 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY.

Original Story: Combate

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