Usman Would Rather Fight Askren Than Colby
Seems buffet brawls won’t lead to Octagon showdowns, as UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is not interested in fighting former interim champion Colby Covington.
Following the footsteps of the man he defeated, Tyron Woodley, Usman is calling his shots and while UFC President Dana White made clear that Covington is the next to challenge for the 170-pound title, Usman isn’t so sure.
“Look at where the division is now,” Usman told MMA Junkie. “You’ve got Anthony Pettis coming in and knocking out ‘Wonderboy,’ two-time title challenger. You’ve got (Jorge) Masvidal coming in and knocking out Darren Till, former title challenger. There’s some things that are going on there. So based on how Ben Askren does in his next performance, that could be a possible option. Don’t forget Santiago Ponzinibbio is still out there. So, there’s options out there.”
If Askren, Woodley’s longtime friend and training partner, pulls off a win against Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239 in July, it may lead to a title showdown with Usman later this year, as Usman recovers from surgery conducted after his win in March.
Meanwhile, Covington has not fought since defeating Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225, turning down a UFC 228 main event against Woodley due to a nasal surgery.
Since then, Covington was stripped of his interim title for turning down the fight, and now has been campaigning Dana White at UFC events, in the media, and at the blackjack table, as he did following UFC 234 in March, leading White to affirm the American Top Team fighter’s status at top challenger.
Initial Report: MMAJunkie