After handling Rafael dos Anjos at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 28 Finale last Friday night (Nov. 30, 2018) in Las Vegas, Nevada, Kamaru Usman likely punched his ticket to his first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title fight.
Of course, he will have to sit and wait for division champion Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington to do the dance in 2019, probably at UFC 233 on January 26. While Usman’s disdain toward Covington is highly-publicized, he wouldn’t be too upset if “Chaos” dethroned “The Chosen One.”
That’s because Kamaru believes a fight between he and Covington would be bigger than one against Woodley, due to their existing beef.
“I’ve said it before that it would be good to take the title away from Tyron because Tyron has been a long champion, defended the belt several times and he is the guy. So of course it would be great for me to be able to dethrone him,” said Usman during a recent interview on the Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “But it would feel a whole hell of a lot better for me to beat the shit out of Colby Duckington, It would feel a whole hell of a lot better to beat that clown.”
To hear Usman tell it, a fight between he and Colby would actually do better at the box office as opposed to one against Woodley.
“I think it’s actually a bigger fight because who in the world doesn’t want to see me beat him up. Everybody wants to see it. I get DM’s daily from Brazilians, people all the world asking me to beat the guy up. It would be sweet. But hey a champion’s a champion so once I get that belt wrapped around me, that feeling itself is going to good enough for me,” he concluded.
At the end of the day, though, Usman will gladly dethrone either man to get the big prize.
According to “The Nigerian Nightmare,” he has been offered the Covington fight four separate times only to be rejected by “Chaos” on every occasion. He even turned down the opportunity to speak his mind to Kamaru face-to-face (video evidence here).
Should Covington not be ready to fight at UFC 233, Usman says he will gladly step in and fill the void if UFC asks with plenty of time. Just don’t expect him to serve as a back up this time around, much like he did for Darren Till at UFC 228.