Two months have passed since we last saw Welterweight champion Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman in the octagon. He is coming off one of the most spectacular knockout performances in his career, where he dismantled top contender and feared striker Jorge “gamebred” Masvidal in only two rounds.
While Usman’s rivalry vs gamebred had its entertaining moments, nothing quite compares to the champion’s most hated rival in Colby “chaos” Covington. In their first matchup, we saw an entertaining back and forth of will and attrition as the champion stopped the challenger in the 5th and final round of the contest by doctor stoppage and breaking Covington’s jaw. In their first fight, we saw the champion be pushed by a foe that was truly unrelenting and was willing to put it all on the line in 2019. It was a fight that was built around the animosity and hatred that the two welterweights had for each other yet unlike many of the fights that don’t deliver on its generated buzz and build-up, this fight delivered in every way possible.
It was recently reported that we will not have to wait much longer for this rematch to take place, as president of the UFC Dana White has vocalized Colby as being next in line for a shot at the belt. Most recently Yahoo reporter Kevin Iole reported that Dana had told him in a discussion that Colby was in fact the next challenger, a time and date have yet to be announced.
For Covington this must come as great news since he has been extremely unhappy with the way he is unable to land opponents, the challenger has also called BS to their original fight as he feels the fight was stopped prematurely. As a champion we have not seen this level of dominance from a 170 pounder since the days of GSP, he has already amassed a near-perfect record by going 18-1 (4 title defenses) and taking out everyone the UFC has put in front of him. While the two fighters are surely in for a tough training camp and even tougher fight, we the fans can rejoice in knowing two of the best welterweights in the world will once again battle for dominance, will the challenger get his revenge or will the champion once again come out on top putting to rest another rivalry in his storied career?