Since Kamaru Usman defended his welterweight championship belt against Colby Covington at UFC 245, there are numerous contenders deserving of the next shot.
As Woodley is reportedly set to make his return after a year’s absence, it appears Usman’s next fight could be against Jorge Masvidal or even Covington again.
With the first fight entertaining and close until Usman ultimately won via TKO (punches) late in the fifth round, Covington predicted his next fight now.
“Colby Covington fights Marty ‘Fake Newsman’ on Dana White’s Fight Island,” Covington told ESPN on Tuesday. “In July, what would usually be International Fight Week [in Las Vegas], on Fight Island. Let’s do it, baby. I’ll throw his dead body to the sharks when I’m done with it.”
With Woodley likely fighting another opponent, Covington believes there are no other fights to make in the division except for Usman or Masvidal right now:
“I want my fight with Usman or ‘Street Judas’ Masvidal,” Covington said. “There are no other fights to make. I’ll just keep waiting, keep training. Every day that goes by, it’s only getting worse for my competition, I promise you that.”
As most dislike Covington for his trash talking and supporting of United States president Donald Trump, he does have impressive wins in his short time in the UFC.
However, Covington may ultimately be the odd man out as most view Usman vs. Masvidal as the next fight to make in the competitive welterweight division.
Outside of the top four, Leon Edwards and Gilbert Burns are also on winning streaks and should be considered if Covington ultimately does not want to wait.
Regardless of what happens, there are numerous interesting storylines in this welterweight division and the controversial Covington is at the center of it.