Colby Covington Provides Update on Kamaru Usman Rematch

Published 03/15/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: (R-L) Colby Covington punches Tyron Woodley in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Colby Covington may have lost to Kamaru Usman in December 2019, but is on his way to another title shot. Covington and Usman met in one of the best fights of 2019 on the last PPV of the year. However, Covington would lose that bout after having his jaw broken in the fifth round by Usman.

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Covington has fought once since and beaten Tyron Woodley. Considering the close nature of their first bout, Covington believes his demolition of Woodley should grant him a rematch against Usman, but the UFC has told him they have other plans for the title.

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“Of course I mentioned the Marty Fakenewsman rematch and their response was ‘oh, we’re going to do Marty Vs Jorge fight.’ I’m like, ‘what are you talking about Dana? After I starched Tyron Woodley last September and had the President of the United States call on your ESPN channel? I got you all those ratings.”

Covington goes on to call out Jorge Masvidal, clearly indicating that he would take a fight against either Usman or Masvidal if offered. However, it looks like those two will be facing each other while the UFC will offer Colby a #1 contender’s bout against Leon Edwards.

Colby Covington: Title fight or contenders fight?

SINGAPORE – JUNE 17: Colby Covington of United States (front) reacts after his fight with Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea (back) in the Welterweight Bout during UFC Singapore Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 17, 2017 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

Colby Covington is either one win away from being the champion or challenging for the champion. However, that depends on what the UFC does. It seems the Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal matchup will almost definitely happen this September, even though Masvidal’s last fight was a loss to Usman.

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Covington’s most natural opponent right now would be #3 Leon Edwards. The winner of a fight with those two would unquestionably be the next #1 contender for the title. If Covington doesn’t what Edwards, maybe he could fight Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson who is #5 in the rankings?

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Covington right now seems headed towards a contenders fight which he will have to win to get to Usman again. While it is unfair to have him be passed over for Masvidal, that seems to be what is happening. Colby will need to make his case unbreakable to get a title shot at this point.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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