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The news broke on Sunday morning that the UFC has officially booked Tyron Woodley to defend his Welterweight championship against Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 on April 25th. This is the same event that will have Ben Askren’s UFC debut against Robbie Lawler, and could potentially contain Jon Jones defending his Light Heavyweight title against Anthony Smith.
Usman is coming off a unanimous win over Rafael Dos Anjos, which is a large reason in why the UFC chose him for a title shot, as opposed to Colby Covington. Usman has not suffered defeat in the UFC, and is currently on a 8-fight win streak.
In the end, while Colby Covington was ready to go for 235, UFC chose to go with Usman because his stock rose mightily in their eyes after the RDA win + his subsequent willingness to fight anyone on short notice in January despite being injured. Covington held out and it cost him.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 6, 2019
Pending changes to the card, this could be one of the most complete cards that 2019 has to offer. Woodley has not lost since June of 2014, but this will be a bout in which both fighters contain limitless potential.
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