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.
Francis Ngannou expects next fight to be vs boxing champion Tyson Fury
It looks like the UFC’s heavyweight champion might be crossing over to boxing in the near future.
Francis Ngannou says that he is more likely than not going to fight WBC heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury in a crossover type match.
“We both want this fight, that’s clear, and we respect each other,” said Ngannou on “The MMA Hour” podcast.
“I would say there’s a 70% chance my next opponent is Tyson Fury. On his side, I would say 90% against me”
The rules of the fight are still being hashed out and finalized. If all goes well, the fight will take place sometime in 2023.
“Probably next year it will happen. I think it’s going to happen, it’s just a matter of our promotions, but we will sort this out at some point.” added Ngaannou.
The 35-year old Cameroon native most recently defended his heavyweight title against Ciryl Gane via unanimous decision at UFC 270 in January.
Fury (32-0-1) recently defeated Dillian Whyte via sixth round TKO on Saturday in London, England to retain his heavyweight titles.
UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman undergoes hand surgery, will be ready to fight by July
One of the UFC’s top fighters is fixing a lingering issue with his hand.
UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman announced that he has undergone successful surgery to repair a ligament in his injured hand, and could be ready to step back into the octagon as early as July.
The 34-year old essentially broke his hand approximately three weeks before his highly-anticipated rematch with rival Colby Covington at UFC 268 in November 2021. He managed to fight through the injury and beat Convington via unanimous decision to remain undefeated since making his UFC debut back in 2015.
Usman has a 15-0 UFC record, and has now successfully defended his Welterweight title five times since taking it from Tyron Woodley in a title fight at UFC 235 back in July 2019.
An Italian DJ has accused Conor McGregor of assault following incident last weekend
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.”