Kamaru Usman Says The UFC Have Offered Him Colby Covington In January
Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington could finally be on the verge on meeting one another in the UFC Octagon and it’s been a long time coming.
Last evening, the original main event for UFC 233 Henry Cejudo vs TJ Dillashaw was moved to the ESPN+ fight card set for Brooklyn on Jan. 19. With that UFC flyweight title fight now moved, the UFC matchmakers are working franticly behind the scenes to find a new headline bout for the first pay-per-view event of 2019 and apparently they’ve gone looking in the direction of UFC welterweights Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington.
Speaking to TMZ.com last evening, Usman said that the UFC had approached him about fighting Covington on January 26.
“I’m going to go out there and knock out Colby Covington,” Usman told TMZ. “That right now is the fight. The UFC just called and they offered us that fight, they said Colby Covington in January.
“You know what I am going to do, of course, I have accepted. For the fifth time, I have accepted the fight right now we are just waiting on him.”
Whether the fight comes together or not remains to be seen.
Previous reports had suggested that UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley was looking to defend his title at either UFC 233 or UFC 235 on March 2, with Covington the name strongly linked with being his opponent.
With Cejudo and Dillashaw now moved to Brooklyn, the UFC 233 fight card currently looks like this:
Robbie Lawler vs. Ben Askren
James Vick vs. Paul Felder
Dominick Cruz vs. John Lineker
Marion Reneau vs. Yana Kunitskaya
A. Hernandez vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Aleksandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire
Cynthia Calvillo vs. Cortney Casey
Kron Gracie vs. Alex Caceres
Joseph Benavidez vs. Daniel Figueiredo