It seems that the current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is waiting for another rematch …
According to Kevin Iole, columnist for the Internet edition of Yahoo Sports, the next contender for the “Nigerian Nightmare” will be the first divisional number, controversial fighter Colby Covington.
Ever since Usman knocked out Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 many wondered who would be next for the welterweight champ. He has plenty of options with the likes of Covington, Stephen Thompson, the Leon Edwards-Nate Diaz winner, or Michael Chiesa. But, according to White, it will be the Covington rematch.
“Colby Covington is next,” Dana White wrote in the comments of a Kevin Iole Instagram Live when Iole was talking about Usman’s next fight.
Although Covington is the number one contender and the first fight against Usman was one of the Fights of the Year and was competitive, Usman and his team didn’t want the rematch. Ali Abdelaziz, Usman’s manager had said he thought Chiesa should get the next shot.
Colby Covington has fought once since he lost by fifth-round TKO to Usman as he scored his own fifth-round TKO over Tyron Woodley. He also holds notable wins over Rafael dos Anjos to win the interim title and Demian Maia.
Kamaru Usman, as mentioned, is coming off the KO win over Masvidal. Prior to that, he scored a TKO win over Gilbert Burns and Covington in his first title defense.