In November, reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will defend his crown against American Colby Covington in the main event of UFC 268. Although contracts have not yet been signed and no official date or location has been announced for the match-up, ESPN reports that it’s set to take place.
Colby Covington believes he’ll ‘finish’ Usman in the third round if they meet on fight night.
The reigning UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, is currently a 1.4 favorite over Colby Covington’s 3.1 odds of success.
Currently, 71.43% probability that he will win the fight and 32.26% probability that Covington will succeed come into play for their upcoming match-up in Tokyo on July 29th.
Bookmakers have published the odds for the UFC welterweight title rematch which is scheduled to take place on November 6 in New York in a recent announcement.
In December 2019, Colby Covington unsuccessfully tried to take away the belt from Kamaru Usman at UFC 245 in Las Vegas losing by TKO (technical knockout) during round five.
Prior to the fight with Woodley, Covington had two mixed martial arts bouts and won them both. He bested Masvidal in October of 2016 and again in October 2017 before taking on Burns at UFC Fight Night 130 in May 2018.
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“He’s been taking EPO his whole career. It’s obvious. He has a chemical imbalance, his whole back and face is covered in acne. He’s 35 years old. He’s not a teenager and he’s not going through puberty. He shouldn’t have a chemical imbalance. All this is because his testosterone and estrogen levels are not normal. So he’s the head of EPO.
The people he trained with, who I knew from my wrestling days in college, told me the same thing. They can confirm that he used to inject himself with EPO up his arse.
I didn’t cheat or cut corners. I’ve come a long way to get here. So he’ll have to live with that. He’ll have problems later. His organs will fail. He is shortening his life by years,” Covington told Submission Radio.
The bottom line
Usman is currently on a streak of 14 straight consecutive victories, with none of the promotion’s current fighters boasting anything that could compare. His first fight with Covington took place in December 2019 at UFC 245 and ended in an early 5th round victory for the champion.
Kamaru Usman defeated Darren Till twice (UD 5 and KO 2) in addition to Edson Barboza (TKO 3). Colby Covington has just one appearance since losing to Kamaru Usman – stopping a five-round decision against Tyrone Woodley in September 2020.