This Saturday night, in the co-main event of UFC 235, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley will attempt to defend his welterweight title against fearsome challenger Kamaru Usman. Colby Covington, who is expected to be the next man in line for the Woodley-Usman winner, will be watching this fight closely.
And he’s expecting a blowout.
Colby Covington made a final, fight week prediction for this matchup during a recent appearance on TSN Radio.
“I see Woodley starching Usman,” Covington said (transcript via MMA Fighting). “I think’s Usman’s inexperience, he hasn’t really fought a good wrestler that can strike too. He doesn’t really have a good strategy. He tries to go forward and pressure a fighter but he doesn’t really have gas like that. He thinks he does but he really doesn’t, so I think he’s gonna get knocked out. He’s been dropped in fights. He got dropped by my teammate Hayder Hassan, he almost got knocked out by that one kid that was a jobber Emil… whatever [Emil Meek]. So he’s gonna walk into something. He’s walked into things and been dropped multiple times. He’s already starting to show signs of CTE so I think Tyron Woodley’s gonna knock him out.”
Colby Covington also made a prediction for the UFC 235 main card welterweight bout between Robbie Lawler and Ben Askren while he was at it. Though he says he respects Lawler, and certainly doesn’t love Askren, he believes the latter will win.
“Ben Askren looks like a 36-year-old virgin, he said. “He looks like my science teacher. That guy’s a joke. What’s wrong with that guy? But all things aside, I think he’s going to beat Robbie because Robbie’s the oldest man in the sport. He has the most significant strikes to the head in UFC history. Robbie’s a cool guy, I like the guy, but I hope he retires soon. I have a lot of love for that guy. He has a family. He needs to think about the longevity of his life and his brain health and he needs to think about getting out of this sport.”
What do you think of these predictions from Colby Covington?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 2/28/2019.