After Usman retained his belt with a next-round knockout of Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Fla., UFC president Dana White reiterated that Covington (16-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) is next in line for a title shot.
Prior to UFC 261, Usman informed MMA Junkie that he hopes to combat two far more periods this 12 months and Covington thinks that, with Usman coming out of Saturday fairly unscathed, the UFC should really reserve their rematch quicker than later.
“There’s no cause that this struggle should not be on the plate supplied proper away,” Covington informed Submission Radio. “It’s not like Marty took any destruction in the combat. He’s just fought this journeyman. He didn’t acquire no punches. He took him down, softened him up, bought him gassed out, and knocked him out when he was wholly dead exhausted. So, he did not get any destruction. There is no motive that this battle must be dragged out or afterwards in the 12 months than it needs to be.”
He ongoing, “Let’s get this likely on the initially fork out-for every-perspective in August, and let’s do it in Vegas. Or let’s do it back in Florida. It will make sense to appear back again to Florida. We can do it in Miami, American Airlines Arena. Probably Orlando? Possibly Tampa? Possibly Jacksonville once again? There’s a whole lot of spots for it. But Ron DeSantis, our governor of Florida, executing a terrific job. And I want to arrive again and give him a clearly show for all the items he’s doing for the UFC and Dana White.”
Covington, who was in attendance at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, has supplied Usman his hardest exam to day, but Usman does not look way too keen on rematching Covington, saying contenders have to have to do anything to cement their location.
“What’s Marty Fakenewsman’s justification to not combat me now? I suggest, there’s no a person else,” Covington mentioned. “It’s me. I’m the only a single that pushed you just before and took rounds off you – several rounds. I really should have received the fight. If you didn’t pretend nut photographs and bogus eye pokes and have that bogus stoppage when I protested it proper absent, so what’s his excuse now, fellas? Is it likely to be, ‘Oh, I received an damage, I received this,’ suggests he want to hold out with his daughter? What is he gonna say now?”
He ongoing, “Of course , Marty’s gonna appear to go to his minimal rat supervisor Ali (Abdelaziz), and they’re gonna obtain every excuse in the book to combat a person else. They wished to struggle a minimal lightweight clean-up, they want to fight another light-weight. They do not want to battle a serious welterweight like me, a male who pushed him. And they know I’m capable of beating them. So, what’s their justification gonna be? Dana wants it, the UFC want it, the supporters want it. Me and Marty Fakenewsman Round 2. We obtained unfinished small business.”