Colby Covington fought Kamaru Usman at UFC 245 in 2019 to claim the undisputed welterweight championship. But he fell short in his bid as he was finished in the final minute of the fifth round by the champion after a war.
In a back-and-forth contest, both fighters showed incredible heart and skills. Covington lost the fight, but he gained many fans for his valiant efforts despite getting his jaw broken mid-fight.
‘Chaos’ went after referee Marc Goddard, as he believed the stoppage was unfair. There were also other controversial moments in the fight, as some fouls were called for groin strikes. Covington believed those also caused him the fight, as they weren’t actually illegal shots.
“The ref calling multiple fouls that aren’t even there. I kicked the guy in the liver and he was about to quit. He put his stomach down like he was about to quit. The ref stops it, ‘Oh, nut shot’. They show it on the replay, it’s not even close to the nuts.”
“He is gonna stack the deck against me and not put in an even playing field out there for me. He doesn’t want me to win, he doesn’t want me to have that spotlight.”
Certainly, the former interim welterweight champion has his reasons. But considering his performances inside the Octagon and a recent win over Tyron Woodley, it’s fair to say he is not far away from title contention.
Covington‘s former training partner Jorge Masvidal is also coming off a loss against Kamaru Usman. Both fighters are looking to get another crack at the title. And there can be no better way to decide the No. 1 contender than to match those two up inside the Octagon.
Considering the star power of both fighters and their recent beef, the UFC will generate massive revenue should they book this fight. So, this looks like a no-brainer to book.
What do you make of Covington’s reasoning for his loss? Should he fight ‘Gamebred’ next?
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