Colby Covington will wake up to good news this morning.
At UFC 261, Kamaru Usman will face Jorge Masvidal in the main event of the night. This fight was made even after Colby Covington was placed as the # 1 contender while Masvidal ranked three places behind him at # 4. Covington made his displeasure known about the situation, calling Usman a coward for choosing the an “easy” fight on Masvidal, someone Usman had already beaten comfortably last year.
With the title shot seemingly out of reach, Covington volunteered as a backup for the UFC 261 title fight, but that will no longer be necessary according to UFC president Dana White.
Dana White says Colby Covington is next in line for Usman
It seems that Colby Covington’s waiting strategy has paid off because if Usman defeats Masvidal a second time, Dana White says Colby Covington would be next for the champion.
“(Usman) at a point in his career now where he’s looking at, ‘Who’s next again?'” Dana White said in an interview with TSN published Monday night. “He will come back and face guys he already beat. So obviously Masvidal took that fight on short notice, so let’s give him this fight and we can end all excuses. And then Colby Covington is next. “
Dana White suggested that she came to this conclusion after meeting Kamaru Usman after UFC 251, so it’s unclear if this was a collaboration decision between Usman and White, or if it was just one of the two gentlemen’s idea.
This seems to be more likely White speaking than Usman because after Covington turned down a fight against Leon Edwards, Usman stated that his nemesis made a bad decision and went out of the title picture. Since then, he has further criticized Covington, stating that he needs to be more active to deserve a title shot.
Now we also know that Leon Edwards will face Nate Diaz next month at UFC 262. But even with all these moving parts, White didn’t throw in his usual “we’ll see how it all plays out” response. Instead, it looks like it’s already decided who Usman will face if he beats Jorge Masvidal this Saturday: Colby “Chaos” Covington.
Do you think Colby Covington should be next for Kamaru Usman if Usman retains the title at UFC 261?