A few weeks back, Kamaru Usman took to social media to show photographic evidence he received and signed a contract to challenge current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, at UFC 235 on March 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While “The Chosen One” hasn’t corroborated the claim, Usman’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, has done so by telling MMA Junkie Radio that “Nigerian Nightmare” will in fact, challenge Woodley.
While a great matchup — one UFC has yet to make official — it once again robs fight fans of two other great pairings, specifically one pitting Woodley against his bitter rival, Colby Covington, who talked up a storm for the better part of two years.
Much to the chagrin of the champion.
Another fight that has seemingly been building itself up is one pitting Covington against Usman, two men who obviously do not like one another as evidenced by this one-sided confrontation. Though it hasn’t been for a lack of trying, as Usman stated the promotion has offered him Covington five times, only to have the fight repeatedly turned down by “Chaos.”
Nevertheless, it seems Woodley has finally received doctor’s clearance to get back into the swing of things, so “The Chosen One” and the promotion may have finally put their ongoing issues behind them (at least for the time being). If not, then no worries, as promotion president Dana White has no issue throwing someone else into the cage to fight Usman for the belt at UFC 235.
“That fight is happening or Usman vs. someone for the title,” said White in a statement to MMA Junkie.
Interestingly enough, UFC 235 will also feature a Welterweight bout with Ben Askren, who is making his Octagon debut against Robbie Lawler. Also, a 170-pound fight between Jorge Masvidal and Nick Diaz has been discussed (though far from finalized) for the event.
Either way, should all three matchups go down at the same event, the promotion will have no issues finding suitable replacements for the headlining title fight should the unthinkable happen.
You know, like this.