Coach: Kamaru Usman needs to ‘punish’ Colby Covington ‘as a result of he talks quite a bit’

Kamaru Usman placed on a flawless efficiency at UFC 235, claiming the UFC welterweight championship after a one-sided resolution over Tyron Woodley, and seems to have his objective set on ending one other lengthy successful streak.

Woodley was unbeaten for seven bouts earlier than going through Usman, and one-time UFC interim champion Colby Covington is probably going subsequent after defeating six opponents in a row.

UFC president Dana White has made it clear after UFC 235 that Usman will put his title on the road versus Covington subsequent, and Usman’s coach Jorge Santiago explains why the brand new 170-pound king needs to have “Chaos” as his first title protection.

”If Kamaru needed to combat Tyron Woodley once more, (Woodley) would deserve that, however I feel the following in line now could be Colby,” Santiago advised MMA Preventing. “(Covington) tried to achieve some consideration and you want him or not, he’s bought it. He’s no Conor McGregor, however he’s studying his ebook on easy methods to get consideration.

”Kamaru needs this combat. He actually needs to close this man up as a result of he talks quite a bit. He stated, ‘he’s somebody I wish to combat and punish.’”

Usman entered UFC 235 with a couple of small accidents, together with an injured foot that requires some consideration. Based on Santiago, his crew is focusing on a June return in opposition to Covington.

Requested if “Chaos” is perhaps a neater match-up for Usman in comparison with Woodley, Santiago stated “I feel so”.

”I feel Colby is a mean fighter, does a little bit of all the things, similar to Kamaru, however Kamaru does it on the next degree,” Santiago stated. “I don’t consider this combat goes 5 rounds. I feel it ends earlier than 5 rounds.”

Usman is driving a formidable successful streak with dominant performances over the likes of Woodley, Demian Maia and Rafael dos Anjos, however hasn’t completed an opponent since his first-round knockout win over Sergio Moraes in Sept. 2017.

Santiago admits he wasn’t anticipating a stoppage victory over a “actually powerful” Woodley at UFC 235, however “anticipated the combat to be nearer.”

”I didn’t suppose he would dominate that a lot,” Santiago stated. “That was the technique we set, to not let him breathe, the best way (Rory) MacDonald fought him. The technique we set was form of made round that combat. Taking him down was the objective, and even him didn’t anticipate to be that profitable in all rounds. He went in there and dominated. He did the perfect he may to complete the combat, however Tyron is actually powerful.”

”I feel he broke him mentally,” he continued. “That was the objective, make him understand he didn’t have many assets, and he ended up convincing Tyron himself of that. Kamaru’s feints and mixtures have been working completely. It actually was his night time.”

The distinction for his subsequent combat is that Usman will enter the cage as a jiu-jitsu black belt. Per week after his win over Woodley, “The Nigerian Nightmare” was promoted by Santiago on the Xcell Jiu Jitsu Academy in Florida.

”I’ve been following his evolution,” stated Santiago, who met Usman when he was a blue belt in 2012. “I grew to become his coaching associate in 2012, after which grew to become his coach and his jiu-jitsu trainer. I’ve all the time stated, ‘you’ll solely earn the black belt whenever you prepare within the gi, in any other case you’ll die a brown belt,’ and he did his half. He educated quite a bit on the gi for this combat.”

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