Since defeating Rafael Dos Anjos at the TUF Finale, Kamaru Usman has seemingly become a fan favorite for UFC President Dana White. Per rumors, White feels that Usman has leaped Colby Covington to being the first in line for the Welterweight title against Tyron Woodley, who has been seeking a worthy contender.
Usman and Covington have both made great reasons as to why they should be next in line for a title fight. As for Covington, he is coming off of two of the biggest wins of his career after defeating Demian Maia and Dos Anjos to become the interim Welterweight champion.
Usman has yet to hold gold, but after his recent performances where he dominated Maia and Dos Anjos in main events, it’s difficult to count him out. With momentum on his side, the question becomes who is a bigger draw for Woodley at this current moment. The year of 2018 shined a light on both Usman, Covington and Woodley, who were the main names that surrounded the Welterweight division.
To start, Woodley needs to get cleared of any pending injuries he is currently dealing with. The UFC has allowed previous champions to do so, but while Woodley gets healed up, the UFC should book Usman vs Covington. From there, the winner would hypothetically be placed as the #1 contender to fight Woodley for the title in 2019.
Woodley deserves a large draw for his title, and while both Usman and Covington fit as potential suitors, pinning them against one another is the smartest route for Dana White and company.
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