Usman Might Go On Covington, Combat Askren As a substitute

Former Final Preventing Championship (UFC) welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, used to sit down atop the 170-pound throne and decide his spots. If he didn’t need to defend his title or maybe didn’t approve of the following accessible contender, he merely got here again with a physician’s observe.

Although to be honest, he was selecting his opponents lengthy earlier than that.

Now it’s Kamaru Usman’s flip to name the photographs after capturing the welterweight title from “The Chosen One” at UFC 235 again in March. Promotion president, Dana White, insists Colby Covington is subsequent in line for a 170-pound title shot, but it surely seems “The Nigerian Nightmare” has but to make up his thoughts.

“Have a look at the place the division is now,” Usman instructed MMA Junkie. “You’ve obtained Anthony Pettis coming in and knocking out ‘Wonderboy,’ two-time title challenger. You’ve obtained (Jorge) Masvidal coming in and knocking out Darren Until, former title challenger. There’s some issues which can be happening there. So based mostly on how Ben Askren does in his subsequent efficiency, that could possibly be a potential choice. Don’t neglect Santiago Ponzinibbio remains to be on the market. So, there’s choices on the market.”

Ben Askren, longtime good friend and coaching associate for Woodley, is anticipated to earn the following crack on the division crown with an emphatic win over Jorge Masvidal on the upcoming UFC 239 pay-per-view (PPV) occasion this July in Las Vegas, Nevada, which might additionally avenge his teammate’s loss.

Covington was not too long ago stripped of the interim strap for turning down the UFC 228 fundamental occasion, however has labored his method again into the highest spot after searching down and confronting White. I discover it laborious to imagine anybody at UFC would move on this present warmth to attend for a “Funky” title battle, however I suppose stranger issues have occurred.

Time will inform.

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