Colby Covington Taken by Surprise Over Kamaru Usman’s Unlikely Support as UFC Star Teases Trilogy With Ex-Champ- “ It’s Unfinished Business”

Published 12/14/2023, 4:08 AM EST

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The upcoming UFC 296 this Saturday promises to be an exciting event, potentially crowning a new welterweight champion. Colby Covington is slated to go head-to-head with Leon Edwards for the coveted 170 lbs title. In a recent statement, Covington expressed that if he secures the championship, his immediate priority would be to initiate a trilogy with Kamaru Usman.

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Usman has fought against ‘Chaos’ twice and emerged victorious. Usman and Covington have a rivalry that is to be settled and the American’s potential victory against Edwards might settle it. However, Usman seems to be leaning towards the title challenger in his fight against the champion.

 Colby Covington is up for a trilogy with Kamaru Usman

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Kamaru Usman showcased his prowess in two memorable clashes against his rival “Chaos,” securing victory with a fifth-round TKO and a unanimous decision respectively. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ emerged as a worthy nemesis to Colby Covington and it seems like the American is still willing to fight him.

While having a conversation during the UFC 296 media day, Covington was asked whether he would be offering a trilogy fight to Usman. Covington asserted that if he secures the title on Saturday, then the first title defense that he would do will come against Usman. “You know, when I fought Usman, he was in his absolute prime, number one pound-for-pound. So, you guys want to talk about my resume and who I fought? I fought the number one pound-for-pound fighter multiple times, and in my opinion, I beat him. I beat him seven out of 10 rounds.” said Covington.

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He further added, “So, I do feel like I beat him in that fight and I feel like I’m a better fighter than him… So, all these other contenders can wait because that’s bigger business. Me and Usman have to settle it. It’s unfinished business.”

Colby Covington is willing to take on Usman if he manages to secure the title. Interestingly, Usman has termed Covington to be a genuine fighter and a bigger star than Edwards. The American appreciated Usman’s support during the media day interaction.

Covington taken aback by Usman’s support

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Kamaeu Usman recently claimed that Coving is a bigger star than Edwards and stated that he is a good fighter. While having a conversation on ‘DC & RC’, Usman stated “Colby Covington undeniably. It’s because of what he’s able to do,”

In response to Usman’s statement, Covington on the UFC 296 media day appreciated Usman’s support.  “Yeah, it was surprising, caught me off guard, you know? I don’t know what to make of it. I haven’t processed it fully. But you know, I can tell you one thing is that he’s spent 10 rounds in that octagon with me, and he knows what I’m capable of. He knows the dog that’s inside of me.”

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I'm Suryakant Das, an avid sports enthusiast from a family that cherishes the world of sports. I still vividly recall the day my father took me to watch Indian wrestling, sparking my fascination with the discipline and the aura of those warriors. Over time, my love for combat sports grew, and now, I'm a UFC writer at EssentiallySports.
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