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Colby Covington next in line to challenge Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight title

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It looks like Colby Covington has earned himself a title shot.

His dominant victory over veteran Robbie Lawler at ‘UFC on ESPN 5’ apparently caught the eyes of UFC president Dana White. White confirmed this week that Covington will be the first to challenge Kamaru Usman for his UFC welterwight championship belt later this year.

White applauded Covington’s efforts this past weekend.

“You can say whatever you want about Covington. You don’t like him, you don’t this, that, whatever. He put on a clinic against Lawler, who is a beast.” said White.

“Lawler’s been in all the big fights, former world champion, hits like a truck, and Colby completely shut him down. His cardio was impressive, and the way that he beat Lawler was even more impressive.”

Covington, 31, is currently on a seven-fight win streak and previously held the interim welterweight title in June 2018 but was sidelined for awhile due to nasal surgery and had to surrender the belt.

This will be Usman’s first title defence, and first fight since capturing the title with a unanimous decision victory over Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 in March.

The 32-year old Nigerian-American has won 14 straight MMA fights, and is undefeated since joining the UFC in 2015.

The fight is slated for the UFC 244 card at the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York on November 2.

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An Italian DJ has accused Conor McGregor of assault following incident last weekend

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Surprise, surprise. UFC star Conor McGregor is once again in trouble with the law.

An Italian DJ known as Francesco Facchinetti has accused the Irishman of assault during an incident that took place at a luxury hotel in Rome last weekend. He has formally decided to press charges against the former two-division UFC champion.

According to reports, Facchinetti was invited by McGregor to a party at the hotel. When Facchinetti wanted to leave early, McGregor didn’t take too kindly to it, and allegedly punched him in the nose and mouth. Facchinetti sustained a concussion from the reported assault, which ultimately convinced him to take this matter to the police.

“He is dangerous…He needs to be stopped.” said Facchinetti.

UFC president Dana White has chosen to stay out of the situation until more information comes to light.

“I honestly don’t even know enough about it to comment on it…Obviously I’ve seen what you guys — you guys have seen more than me, actually, to be honest with you.” said White.

“I haven’t talked to Conor, so I don’t know what the truth is. I don’t know exactly what happened. So to comment on it, I really can’t.”

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Conor McGregor undergoes successful three-hour leg surgery, vows to ‘come back better than ever’

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UFC star Conor McGregor announced that he has undergone successful surgery to repair fractures of the tibia and fibula in his left leg. The procedure lasted three hours.

“Onwards and upwards we go…We dust ourselves off. We build ourselves back and we come back better than ever. Let’s go team” said McGregor following the surgery.

He sustained the devastating injury during the first round of his fight against Dustin Poirier this past weekend at UFC 264.

Despite a doctor’s stoppage, he sustained yet another loss to his resume. He has lost three of his past four bouts since returning to the UFC after his boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather.

Whether the fans want it or not, it appears that we will get another fight between Poirier and McGregor.

“When Conor is healed and ready to go, we’ll do the rematch, I guess…Poirier will do his thing until Conor is ready” said UFC president Dana White.

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A third Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor fight is being finalized for UFC 264 on July 10

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It looks like we will be getting another Conor McGregor/Dustin Poirier fight this summer.

According to reports, a trilogy bout between the two lightweights in being finalized as the main event for UFC 264 on July 10 at a yet-to-be determined location.

Poirier and McGregor first fought in 2014, which resulted in a first-round knockout win for the Irishman.

Recently at UFC 257 on January 24, 2021, Poirier got his revenge and won with a second-round TKO.

Not too long after the fight, the Louisiana native was apparently offered a shot at the vacant lightweight title, but has apparently chosen to go for a bigger payday with a trilogy fight vs McGregor.

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