After Kamaru Usman beat Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 to become the new welterweight champion, the expectation was that he would soon defend the title against Colby Covington. But there has been little to no talk of the fight since Usman’s big win. Covington expressed interest in fighting during International Fight Week in July, or on the UFC’s August pay-per-view, but those cards are now booked. So, if this fight is going to happen it will be later this year.
If the fight finally does happen, UFC welterweight contender and long-time Colby Covington training partner Jorge Masvidal believes “Chaos” will get his hand raised as he is a little better at everything than Usman.
“I think Kamaru has improved a lot. From his last two performances he’s improved a lot. I think he’s done leaps and bounds to where I would have thought it would be a good, easier fight for Colby,” Masvidal said on a recent episode of BJPENN.com Radio. “Now I think it’ll be a little tougher. He’s opened up more with his hands, he’s doing things a little bit better. I’d still put my money on Colby man.
“I think Colby’s gas tank and wrestling abilities, the scrambling abilities are a little bit better than Kamaru’s, you know? Kamaru can grapple, he can strike, he sets up his takedowns well, he puts a lot of pressure. Very similar to Colby,” he continued. “But I just think Colby does it a little bit better, you know? And I think as the fight wears on Colby’s gas tank will be a little bit better than Kamaru’s.”
Colby Covington has recently revealed his hope is to fight at Madison Square Garden in November. If that does happen, it will be the former interim champion’s first fight since June of 2018.
If Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington happens, who do you think wins the fight?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 6/21/2019.