Sorry, Colby Covington, but it seems Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is moving on to someone else.
Top Welterweight contender Kamaru Usman recently took to Twitter to reveal he has signed on the dotted line to face off against current 170-pound champion, Tyron Woodley. Though “The Nigerian Nightmare” didn’t give a time and a place, it seems UFC is ready to grant him his first-ever shot at the division strap.
Since UFC 233 — which was set to go down on January 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California — was recently canceled, that will give Tyron more time to heal from his busted up hand. Indeed, the promotional was looking to book “The Chosen One” to headline the event, but he ultimately had to pass, which didn’t sit too well with UFC president Dana White.
As for Usman, he is currently riding a 13 fight win streak, nine in UFC, and was last seen taking out former 155-pound champion Rafael dos Anjos at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 28 Finale a few weeks ago (see it again here).
Tyron was last seen submitting Darren Till at UFC 228 earlier this year, earning him his third consecutive title defense. A win over Usman — should he accept the challenge — will get him one step closer in his quest to become the greatest welterweight of all time.