A welterweight title fight is going down in Las Vegas at UFC 235. Tyron Woodley will be taking on challenger Kamaru Usman, in what is expected to be the co-main event behind Jon Jones vs Anthony Smith. The fight was first reported by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.
Just recently Usman posted a signed contract on Twitter for UFC 235 that he was set to fight Woodley. However, Woodley denied that saying Colby Covington was next given he was the interim champion. Ultimately, Covington and Woodley have gone back-and-forth and it just seemed like the fight to make.
In the end, it is Usman who gets the title shot against Woodley, something White hinted at after Usman defeated Rafael dos Anjos at the TUF 28 Finale.
“I would like to see (Usman) fight Woodley now after seeing that,” White said post-fight at the TUF 28 Finale. “Listen, Colby Covington pulled out of the fight, didn’t defend his belt, this, that, and the whole thing. I’m one of these guys, when I just see a fight like this, I want to see Usman fight now. We’ll see what happens, though I’m not saying that’s the case. Sure (it’s possible).
“Nothing’s guaranteed in life, man,” he said when asked if Covington was previously assured a title shot. “Nothing’s guaranteed in life.”
Usman is currently riding a 13-fight winning streak and is 14-1 as a professional. His most recent fight was back in November where he had a dominating performance over dos Anjos. Prior to that, he also defeated Demian Maia which catapulted him into the top-10 of the welterweight rankings. Ultimately, this will be Usman’s toughest fight to date.
Meanwhile, Woodley was last seen at UFC 228 in September where he defeated Darren Till by submission in the second round in what was a dominating fight for Woodley. Before that, he defeated Maia and Stephen Thompson in 2017. Ultimately, Woodley has said is the greatest welterweight ever, and now will have to face yet another wrestler to prove that.