One might think Kamaru Usman would have an issue after hearing Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White announce that outspoken former interim champion Colby Covington would be next to challenge for Tyron Woodley’s welterweight belt, but he professes not to be bothered by the news.
The undefeated Nigerian-American contender was officially asked by the UFC to be a standby opponent for last weekend’s main event at UFC 228 between Woodley and Darren Till due to concerns Till would not make weight. Despite those issues, Till weighed in at 169 pounds and Usman -- who cut weight as well in preparation -- was not required on the night.
The UFC welterweight division is not short on contenders to Woodley’s throne and Usman said despite White’s comments that “Chaos” would get the next shot, anything can change in this sport (via MMAJunkie.com): “I’m not dwelling solely on what Dana said yesterday, because tomorrow Dana could change his mind,” Usman said. “I truly want to put my hands through (Covington’s) face. That’s a guy that the world will be watching as well.”
The 31 year-old Usman is coming off a dominant unanimous decision victory over Demian Maia in May and there are strong rumors that Usman will fight Rafael dos Anjos at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale with the victor taking on the winner of Woodley vs. Covington.