Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington- a Bad Blooded Rivalry

Published 04/22/2021, 12:35 PM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman poses on stage during the UFC 245 press conference at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2019 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Kamaru Usman will headline the UFC 261 main event at Jacksonville, Florida, where he will battle Jorge Masvidal for the Welterweight championship for his fourth title defense. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has only been pushed to the limit once, when he fought the former interim Champion Colby Covington. Covington is arguably the biggest rival of the current Welterweight champion.

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They fought each other back in December 2019 at UFC 245, which was the first defense for Usman. It was a nail-biting match between two highly talented mixed martial artists. Usman somehow stopped his opponent at the last minute of the last round.

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After the fight, ‘Chaos’ claimed that the stoppage claimed was incorrect and wanted a rematch, blaming referee Mark Goddard for his loss. However, according to many experts, the stoppage was fair and there is no controversy about it.

Colby Covington claims to be the backup for Kamaru Usman vs Jorge Masvidal

If ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ emerges victorious in his upcoming fight, then there is a good chance of a rematch between the duo. ‘Chaos’ claims he is training for the title fight and is available to fight if any fighter gets ruled out of the bout.

There is a great probability of the rematch happening soon, as both fighters have an unpleasant history between them and the trash talk isn’t over till today. Colby Covington is the man responsible for giving Kamaru Usman his moniker ‘Marty Fake Newsman’. Now, a lot of fighters like to get under his skin by referring him as the same.

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One more name who claims to be the next title contender is Leon Edwards. After losing to Usman, ‘Rocky’ is on a 7 fight win streak, and he will build a strong case to become the next challenger if he beats Nate Diaz in his upcoming fight. Leon is a great opponent, but ‘Chaos’ is a bigger name right at this moment.

One thing looks certain: Covington still has some unfinished business with his old rival. The rematch seems to be the biggest fight that UFC could make in the Welterweight division. Fans love to see the bad blood between the two and want to see them collide once again.

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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