‘Show Me Activity’ – Kamaru Usman Demands More From Colby Covington

Published 04/06/2021, 12:11 PM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria celebrates after his victory over Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


There have been a lot of dominant champions in the modern era of the UFC. Kamaru Usman has to be the most dominant one, now that Khabib Nurmagomedov has retired. The welterweight champion of the world has just one loss in his MMA career that came in his second fight, and he’s already defended his welterweight belt three times.

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However, he’s not one to rest. He is set to defend it for the fourth time against Jorge Masvidal for the main event of UFC 261. Interestingly, they had fought before in the main event of UFC 251, and Usman completely dominated Masvidal for five rounds to get the victory via decision.

The Nigerian defended his belt again in the main event of UFC 258 against Gilbert Burns on February 13, where he knocked Burns out in the third round. He is certainly staying active as his next fight comes just two months after his last fight.

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Usman talked to ESPN MMA about the rest of the division, and especially Colby Covington. He mentioned that Covington needs to do more. “I want to see activity, and he’s not showing activity. That’s a problem,” he said.

The champion can’t be the most active guy in the division because, like I said, I’ve lapped everybody, and now I’m coming back around.

Usman talked about how fighters can’t just sit around and hope to get picked. He also added that he knows his capabilities. He talked about his fight against Covington and said, “I know what I’m capable of doing. I’ve done it before; you can ask his jaw.

Kamaru Usman wants Colby Covington to show that he deserves a chance.

Usman has fought and won against Covington before. The fight was an exciting watch, and while Covington did break his jaw, he still put in a great performance. The fight finally ended in the final round after Usman knocked Covington out.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria enters the octagon during the UFC 245 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Now it’s for him to show the people that he deserves another chance to fight for the title. You can’t sit back and say, oh, I beat Tyron Woodley. That’s it; I deserve a shot at the title. That doesn’t give you a shot at the title,” Usman concluded.

He does have a point, and as the champion, he also gets a huge say in the matchmaking part of the UFC. The question now becomes about Colby Covington. Will he sit on the sidelines, or will he get back in the octagon?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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