At UFC 235, Kamaru Usman became the new welterweight champion after dominating Tyron Woodley from bell to bell. Following the fight, it was reported Colby Covington would be getting the next title shot at Usman. However, Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has mentioned Ben Askren and Jorge Masvidal as fighters who could also be next next for the new champ.
That has left Colby Covington wondering if Usman even wants to fight him.
“Maybe. I don’t know. Is low-energy Marty gonna follow in the footsteps of his predecessor Tyrone Woodley? He’s already faking injuries again, another move that Woodley used to love to do,” Covington said on BJPENN.com Radio. “We saw in that Palms buffet line he was fine with his foot. He was acting all hostile but saying all this stuff that he was gonna brutalize me on ESPN. But now we haven’t heard a word out of him, you know?
“I was ready to go June or July, but I haven’t heard one thing yet,” he continued. “So, he’s probably gonna go for the path of least resistance and that’s either taking another fight with Woodley or even getting that 36-year-old virgin, Ben Askren.”
The hope for many is that Colby Covington does indeed get his title shot. But, ‘Chaos’ believes that Usman doesn’t want the fight and will try and avoid fighting him for as long as possible.
“I’m the only guy that talks the talk and walks the walk. So let’s see what happens with Marty Snoozeman. Let’s see if he accepts it,” Covongton said. “Let’s see if he doesn’t change his tune. It sounds like he’s already going to mute and he’s trying to avoid me and run away from me. He wants to look for the path of least resistance. Let’s see what happens. Anything can happen. I think Snoozeman might try and run from this fight and avoid it at all costs.”
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This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 3/25/2019.