UFC President Dana White has confirmed that Colby Covington is the number one contender in the welterweight division and is next in line for the shot at champion Kamaru Usman later this year.
This is following his dominant victory over Robbie Lawler, in which he had proved a popular selection amongst punters using online promo codes. White stated following the fight that “Yeah. That’s why I put Covington on ESPN against a guy like Lawler. You can say whatever you want about Covington, you don’t like him or whatever, but he put on a clinic against Lawler, who is a beast”. This gives a further example of the esteem that White holds Covington in, as roads now lead to the highly anticipated matchup between him and current champion Usman.
The feud between the pair continued following the fight as they came face to face. This gave a further example of the dislike between the pair. This further adds to the fight and this is now one of the most anticipated clashes to be made in the UFC. The fight is now set to take place later this year.
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This victory meant Colby extended his professional record to 15 wins and just one loss, with his only career defeat coming back in 2015 at UFC 194 against Warlley Alves. This was another dominant success following on from previous victories over the likes of Demian Maia and Rafael dos Anjos. This was also his eighth career decision victory as he continues to dominate with his wrestling and cardio.
Current champion Kamaru Usman has opened up as the sizeable favourite ahead of the fight. This is little surprise as ‘the Nigerian Nightmare’ also has a formidable record. This stands at 15 wins and just one loss, with his only defeat coming back in 2014 when fighting in the CFA. Since joining the UFC he has racked up ten victories in succession that dates back to his Ultimate Fighter 21 finale victory over Hayder Hassan back in 2015. This includes a number of impressive fighters on his CV such as Leon Edwards, Sergio Moraes, Demian Maia, Rafael dos Anjos and most recently Tyron Woodley. The latter saw him pick up the belt and end the lengthy reign of Woodley.