Earlier today, it was reported that Conor McGregor will not fight Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title. Instead we now know of three men that have shot at fighting for UFC gold.
“Listen, the next title fight for [Kamaru] Usman is going to be one of these guys — it’s gonna be Colby [Covington], [Jorge] Masvidal, [Leon] Edwards,” White said in an interview with ESPN. “It’s going to be one of those guys. It’s not gonna be Conor McGregor.”
Usman was originally targeted to fight Jorge Masvidal in July. White was all onboard to schedule the two for International Fight Week, but he has since taken a more relaxed approached as to who is going to fight Usman next.
Masvidal’s manager announced earlier this week that Masvidal is training camp for his next fight. Masvidal has also been seen in photo’s with former Penn State wrestling standout Bo Nickal, which would appear that he’s training for a wrestling heavy fighter.
As for Covington, he’s been very vocal about wanting a rematch against Kamaru Usman. At UFC 245 in December, Usman successfully defending his welterweight title against Covington by earning a fifth-round TKO win in a brutal back-and-forth fight.
Covington has also been in the news as of late for a falling out with his long time gym American Top Team. He is now no longer a member of the gym. Covington has spent his entire pro career training out of ATT in Coconut Creek, Fla.
The last contender White mentioned is Leon Edwards, who was scheduled to fight Tyron Woodley in March, but the fight was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Edwards has been sticking to his guns, saying he’ll only accept a title fight or a No.1 contender fight. His last loss came in 2015 to Usman. Right now he is riding an eight-fight winning streak.