Colby vs Usman

Unpopular Opinion:
Kamaru Usman Is Ducking Colby Covington

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In the current welterweight landscape the most suitable and plausible opponent for champion Kamaru Usman is a rematch with rival Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington, arguably the toughest opponent Kamaru Usman has ever faced within the octagon. And yet the matchup appears to be the only potential bout that Usman is actively avoiding, seemingly ducking the battle-tested number one contender.

The pair first clashed at UFC 245 in December 2019, and the fight itself had many controversial and odd moments, with ‘Marty from Nebraska’ making use of various dirty tactics to survive his title defense against Covington. Colby had the champion hurt in the first round, and gasping for air in the second round before a kick by Covington to the lower abdomen was incorrectly identified as a groin shot. Marty gave an oscar-worthy performance, playing up the fantom low-blow, and was more than happy to take the time to recover. The most egregious moment of the entire fight however was in the last minute of the third round, which saw Covington nearly TKO the champion with a brilliant head kick that sent Usman reeling into the cage before calling his own time-out and getting saved by referee Marc Goddard. Yes, you read that correctly, calling his own TIME-OUT! It was the first and only time in MMA history in which a combatant actively called out his own time-out during a live fight and had the referee oblige him. Usman complained that Colby was guilty of an eye-poke to Usman’s RIGHT eye when in fact Colby had grazed the LEFT side of Usman’s face with a left cross (see video evidence below).

This was a turning point in the fight and had it not occurred, it’s safe to say Covington would have been walking away with the belt that night.

Kamaru Usman is now four weeks removed from his last title defense against Jorge Masvidal, who somehow got a rematch with the champion after a boring and lackluster first bout in Abu Dhabi, and the MMA community is left pondering why the highly anticipated rematch with Covington has not yet been announced. The vast majority of fans believe Usman’s next move is unmistakably clear: a rematch with Colby “Chaos” Covington, who was up on at least one judges’ scorecard before an early stoppage saved Usman from the judge’s decision and potentially losing his title.

The fight was one of the most exciting fights of the year, with Dana White referring to it as ‘one of the greatest fights’ he’d ever seen. Since then, Usman has had three successful title defenses, while Covington himself rebounded with a dominant win over former champion Tyron Woodley in their September 2020 clash. Yet it would seem that neither Usman nor his management team is keen on a rematch with the number one contender, a fighter who represented adversity and the toughest challenge Usman has ever faced.

During an interview with ESPN, Usman stated “I’m not going to say I don’t want the fight,” Usman said. “At the end of the day, what has [Covington] done to earn this? Your claim to fame can’t be, ‘I went five rounds [against Usman in a title fight in 2019] and the guy broke my jaw and finished the fight.'” Additionally, his manager Abdelaziz stated “Why not Michael Chiesa? Michael Chiesa has a four-fight winning streak. Why not Vicente Luque? He has a three-fight winning streak. Why not these guys? Why Colby? Because he goes around talking about people’s wives, people’s families and we have to reward him? This is what the sport has become?”

Well below Covington in the rankings are fighters who Usman already has defeated in dominant fashion (Burns, Masvidal and Leon Edwards) or who haven’t quite entered the conversation for title contention, such as Michael Chiesa or Vicente Luque. Although it seems clear who should be next for the champion, Usman continues to hide behind bravado while finding every excuse possible to avoid a rematch with the only fighter to successfully take a piece of his soul in their first meeting. Usman seems more comfortable and interested in bouts with lesser opponents, even hinting at a possible boxing matchup with YouTube personality Jake Paul.

Is all this verbal bobbing and weaving to avoid the number one contender lessening Usman’s legend as an all time dominant champion? Will this nonsense from Usman end or will he double down with his trolling and proclaim that his next fight should actually be against Oscar De La Hoya? It’s anyone’s guess at this time, what will come out of camp Marty.

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  1. Joe Marler May 31, 2021 at 9:30 am

    Marty is a pussy. He doesn’t want to fight Donald Trumps favorite fighter again. He knows without “fake” Marc Goddard reffing that fight that he has no chance at winning. I’m holding out hope Marty grows a pair and accepts the fight with Chaos.

  2. Suga McRoy May 26, 2021 at 11:38 am

    It clear and easy to see that Marty is terrified to see what adjustments Colby made from the first fight. Looks like we got another Woodley ducking people.

  3. Matt Lake May 26, 2021 at 11:14 am

    Don’t the best runners usually come out of Nigeria???

  4. Wakanda Forever May 26, 2021 at 9:21 am

    I see di fool Colby did not learn his lesson di first time. Buddy will get di jaw broke again!

    • just_a_regular_guy May 26, 2021 at 11:11 am

      Usman is looking for easy fights and fights that make no sense. Usman is ducking Colby and its clear as day. out of all the contenders Marty wants to fight with Chiesa not saying Chiesa isn’t worthy but I feel he needs to up the level of competition before he starts asking for title shots. the only fight that makes sense right now is Usman vs Colby which I believe would be a very long night for Usman this time around.

  5. Jonny Nhat May 26, 2021 at 8:34 am

    What the hell is wrong with that roided out clown Marty??? Is he really call out Jake Paul?

  6. Just_a_regular_guy May 26, 2021 at 8:20 am

    Took the words right out my mouth Marty fake usman doesn’t want any smoke with the raw steel and American sex appeal Colby Covington. THATS THE FIGHT TO MAKE!

  7. Al Vale May 26, 2021 at 8:04 am

    Couldn’t agree more!!! This fight needs to happen!

    • CJ May 26, 2021 at 8:25 am

      WOW he’s scared ????????

      • Sanka Bomaye May 26, 2021 at 11:21 am

        This fight needs to go down. Usman is Cleary trying to avoid Colby. I’m a fan of both of these guys and it doesn’t make sense that Jorge got a rematch before Colby. Must be some more dana white privilege going on at the UFC. I wouldn’t be mad if usman fought paul because someone with decent striking needs to KO that punk but for now Colby should get his rematch

        • Wakanda Forever May 26, 2021 at 12:58 pm

          Sanka, how can you betray your fellow African like that? You no real African , i despise di! Bomboclaaat!

          • Sanka Bomaye May 26, 2021 at 2:31 pm

            Marty is more American then African. I didn’t see him trying to represent Africa in his wrestling career.. Francis is our golden boy and we can’t wait to watch him dominate Jones

    • Suga McRoy May 26, 2021 at 11:31 am

      It clear and easy to see that Marty is terrified to see what adjustments Coby made from the first fight. Looks like we got another Woodley ducking people.

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