Right after Khamzat Chimaev fell out of his scheduled battle versus Leon Edwards for the second time, the UFC instantly seemed at Colby Covington as a possible substitute. The only trouble currently being that Covington made it obvious that he had no fascination in collaborating in what he considered to be a “charity struggle.” This was a dangerous selection to be sure simply because UFC President Dana White proclaimed that this bout would be a #1-contender combat. “Risky” is one way to put it, but reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman thinks that even the term “mistake” would be putting it mildly.
“I assume he created a substantial mistake, a large slip-up due to the fact 1, who turns down a paycheck? He turned down a paycheck. Which is awful. You simply cannot do that,” Usman started in an job interview with MMA Junkie. “And on top of it, you switch down a chance for you to actually remind the fans…I mean, I have an understanding of you bought a gain, but that’s a person acquire in how prolonged? And Woodley’s coming off of a two-struggle, a few-fight skid? So it is a rough 1 to essentially say, hey, you acquired one get. Alright, you are going back in, for a male who’s coming off a two-battle, 3-struggle skid. That was a tricky 1.
“So for you to sit here and demand from customers, oh, yeah, I’ve completed enough, I demand a shot…first of all, you weren’t their beloved in the first spot. You’re not. And it’s not essentially that you’re offering mad fork out for each sights. You never genuinely do that as well. So for you to sit right here and need anything like that, I assume it is ridiculous.”
Usman Believes A Earn More than Edwards Would’ve Solidified Title Shot
As a substitute of building demands, Usman thinks that a earn more than Leon Edwards would have still left no doubt that Covington was deserving of a title shot. As an alternative, that honor will maybe go to Edwards himself with a victory above Belal Muhammad on March 13 though Covington may perhaps be left on the sidelines through his possess inaction.
“I consider the ideal way for you to solidify your title shot is to go out there and battle?,” Usman continued. “And what superior way than to knock off the #3 male? He’s making his way up. He’s producing his assert to the throne, that he warrants that shot. What much better way than to knock him off? He failed to do that, and I think he made a tremendous oversight in that.”
Do you concur with Kamaru Usman? Did Colby Covington make a large miscalculation by turning down the Leon Edwards fight?