UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington explained why a rematch with the champion Kamaru Usman will be different.
Covington and Usman first met at UFC 245 in December 2019, and Usman won the fight via fifth-round TKO after referee Marc Goddard stopped the fight. Since then, Usman has defended his title three times, twice against Jorge Masvidal and once against Gilbert Burns, while Covington has defeated Tyron Woodley. By all accounts, Usman vs. Covington 2 seems like it will be the next UFC welterweight championship bout as UFC president Dana White has alluded to. If the rematch against Usman does get booked, Covington promises it will be different.
Speaking to James Lynch, Covington explained why he will come away victorious in the rematch.
“Without Marc Goddard being in there, the Anti-Brexit fool, who is literally hating on me and calling calls against me because he doesn’t like who I support and what I support. So there’s not going to be a ref to stop him and change my momentum. A guy that’s going to call a nut shot when it was clearly a liver kick. A guy that’s not going to give him extra time when he’s faking it in the other guy, when I’ve barely touched his left eye and he’s faking on his right eye, like his right eye is hurt. So he’s not going to get these momentum changes,” Covington said.
In addition to a different referee, Covington also believes that he saw holes in Usman’s game when he fought Masvidal in the rematch, holes that he believes he can exploit himself.
“And I saw (against Masvidal) a lot of weakness. I don’t think people saw it, people are trying to market this as some great knockout but no, I saw in the first round how tired Marty got. If you look back on the tape, you’re going to see that he was starting to gas and he was starting to show fatigue, he started throwing big shots. If he fights like that against me, I promise I’ll finish him inside three rounds,” Covington said.
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