Kamaru Usman Sends Brutal Reply To Ben Askren’s ‘Dork’ Diss

The gloves are off between Kamaru Usman and Ben Askren once again. UFC welterweight champion Usman and fan favorite Askren have a lengthy backstory between them. ‘Funky’ has comically derided Usman’s college nickname, frequently calli…

The gloves are off between Kamaru Usman and Ben Askren once again. UFC welterweight champion Usman and fan favorite Askren have a lengthy backstory between them. ‘Funky’ has comically derided Usman’s college nickname, frequently calling him ‘Marty From Nebraska.’ It’s noticeably gotten under Usman’s skin in the past. However, “The Nigerian Nightmare” is still at […]

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Colby Covington On Kamaru Usman: How Much Time Does He Need?

Colby Covington believes Kamaru Usman will be stripped of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight gold if he isn’t ready to return soon. Usman captured the welterweight title back in March against Tyron Woodley. “The Nigerian …

Colby Covington believes Kamaru Usman will be stripped of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight gold if he isn’t ready to return soon. Usman captured the welterweight title back in March against Tyron Woodley. “The Nigerian Nightmare” turned in a dominant performance, earning a unanimous decision victory to dethrone “The Chosen One.” Usman underwent hernia […]

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Colby Covington Expects Kamaru Usman To Get Stripped Of Title

Former UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington is getting fed up of Kamaru Usman’s lack of activity and expects him to get stripped of his title. Usman won the welterweight title when he outclassed Tyron Woodley over five rounds at UFC 235 in March. He was then expected to defend his newly-won title in a […]

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Former UFC interim welterweight champion Colby Covington is getting fed up of Kamaru Usman’s lack of activity and expects him to get stripped of his title.

Usman won the welterweight title when he outclassed Tyron Woodley over five rounds at UFC 235 in March. He was then expected to defend his newly-won title in a grudge match against Covington.

However, over three months on from his win over Woodley, there has been no real progress towards making that fight happen. For his part, Usman is recovering from injuries and recently claimed he was hoping to return before the end of the year. “The Nigerian Nightmare” also had doubts about whether Covington would accept a fight with him.

Covington, though, claims it is Usman who is delaying the fight by continuously trying to negotiate with the UFC.

“I’ve been presented contracts [for] as early as June in Chicago,” Covington said in a recent interview with Helen Yee. “Then they talked about July in International Fight Week in Vegas. Then they talked about Australia, they talked about Abu Dhabi. They’ve talked about everywhere. It’s all on his side.

“He’s trying to negotiate with the UFC, but he’s finding out that no one cares about him. Nobody’s interested in him as a fighter so he’s not going to be able to negotiate and get leverage like he thinks he is.”

Usman Getting Stripped?

Covington ideally wants to fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden where the UFC is expected to go for their annual November visit. “Chaos” also expects to be fighting for a title even if it’s not against Usman — which means the champion could be stripped of his belt.

“Absolutely [he will be stripped]. November will be eight or nine months since he’s fought. How much more time does he need?” Covington added. “He’s just pushing it back, pushing it back, trying to negotiate and not fight.

“He’s not here to make this division great again like I am. They might strip him of his number one contender belt, I don’t really care. I got the real world championship and I’m going to fight for another world championship in November.

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Kamaru Usman Expects UFC Return Before End Of The Year

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has yet to make his first title defense after defeating Tyron Woodley for the gold this past March. “The Nigerian Nightmare” has been dealing with a string of injuries; as he recently underwent surgery for a double hernia, and is currently rehabbing an injured knee that was aggravated during his […]

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UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has yet to make his first title defense after defeating Tyron Woodley for the gold this past March.

“The Nigerian Nightmare” has been dealing with a string of injuries; as he recently underwent surgery for a double hernia, and is currently rehabbing an injured knee that was aggravated during his fight with Woodley.

As he tells MMA Fighting, however, Usman plans to be back in action before the end of the year (via MMA Mania):

“First of all, the most important thing is my health,” Usman said. “I had a pretty significant surgery after my last fight so I want to get back to the point where I can be in the gym and start training. Then I can become the active and dominant champ that I want to be.

“We’re talking some contracts that need to be worked out, we’re talking about logistics of where the fight can take place, and the most important is my injury. By the end of the year, I should be fighting again, for sure.”

No fight for Usman has officially been announced as of this writing. However, UFC President Dana White has confirmed that Colby Covington will be Usman’s first challenger.

There is plenty of bad blood between Covington and the champion, which should make for good fun in the build-up to the bout.

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Kamaru Usman Prepared For Colby Covington, Ben Askren: ‘All Of Them’

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is itching to get back into training and defend his title for the first time. Usman became the new 170-pound champion after he outclassed Tyron Woodley over five rounds at UFC 235 in March. However, injuries have piled up as “The Nigerian Nightmare” is currently recovering from a damaged knee […]

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UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is itching to get back into training and defend his title for the first time.

Usman became the new 170-pound champion after he outclassed Tyron Woodley over five rounds at UFC 235 in March.

However, injuries have piled up as “The Nigerian Nightmare” is currently recovering from a damaged knee and fractured foot. He does, however, expect to return to action by the end of the year.

“It’s killing me, not training,” he said at a recent scrum (via BJ Penn). “I’m a guy who likes to train, I like to stay active. That’s the most important thing, to get back to where I’m healthy.. Then I can become the active and dominant champ that I want to be.”

Usman’s First Title Defense

Usman is expected to defend his title against longtime rival Colby Covington next. The only question for him, though, is whether Covington will actually accept the fight.

“I wanted Colby because I’ve wanted Colby for three years now,” he added. “They’ve offered me that fight at least 4-5 times, and I’ve accepted it each and every time. He’s the guy who has turned down the fight. I hope he’s man enough now to man up and take the fight.”

Even if Covington is not his first title defense, Usman is ready for just about anyone else in the top ranks of the division. That includes another rival in Ben Askren.

“Ben Askren was never an issue for me…I’m glad everyone is talking about him, that’s just another guy for me,” Usman explained. “After I get the next opponent, that’s another guy that’s waiting for me that I can go and defend against… but he’s got to fight Jorge Masvidal [first] and Masvidal’s no easy guy. Any one of those guys, I’m ready and I’m prepared for all of them.”

Which highly-ranked welterweight do you want to see Usman face?

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Kamaru Usman Hopes Colby Covington Is ‘Man Enough’ To Fight Him

Kamaru Usman insists that Colby Covington is the reason they didn’t fight sooner. Usman is the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title holder. “The Nigerian Nightmare” captured UFC gold with his dominant unanimous deci…

Kamaru Usman insists that Colby Covington is the reason they didn’t fight sooner. Usman is the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title holder. “The Nigerian Nightmare” captured UFC gold with his dominant unanimous decision victory over Tyron Woodley. Covington is due for the next crack at the welterweight title, but Usman isn’t convinced that “Chaos” […]

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