Colby Covington will not be getting his title shot after all.
After defeating Rafael dos Anjos in June to win the welterweight interim title, it all but guaranteed Covington to fight against Tyron Woodley for the belt. Yet, that is not the case. Rather, Kamaru Usman leapfrogged Covington. He is now getting the title shot against Woodley at UFC 235, to much of the despair of Covington.
“(Usman) gets to leapfrog the No. 1 fighter in the world, but let’s make it clear that he’ll never be the No. 1 fighter in the world because he’ll never beat me,” Covington said on MMAJunkie Radio. “Neither will either one of those scrubs. I’m the best welterweight in the world, and nobody is (expletive) stopping me.”
Now that the fight is official, Covington will be forced to watch Usman get the title shot he was supposed to get. Covington has every right to be mad. Now he will have to either fight again or wait for the winner if the UFC grants him the next shot. Ultimately, for Covington, he knows he will be fighting Woodley next for the belt.
“Woodley’s going to smoke him,” Covington said. “Usman’s a scrub. He shouldn’t even be in that position. He hasn’t even beat anybody in the top 10 coming off a win. His last two wins, his only ranked wins, are against guys coming off losses, and I already took their soul and left them bloody and beaten, and they had no will to fight anymore. He’s got a padded record. He shouldn’t even be in this position, but he talked his way up, he sucked off some people at the UFC to get in this position and played that little role. So, good for him.”
Covington is rather certain Woodley will defeat Usman and if that is the case, fans may finally get to see Woodley vs Covington later this year. For now, the wait begins until March 2, where Covington can see who he will fight next.