Dana White: Covington Will Face Usman Next If Usman Beats Masvidal

Colby Covington goes to be waking as much as some excellent news this morning.

At UFC 261, Kamaru Usman shall be dealing with Jorge Masvidal in the primary occasion of the night. This struggle was made even after Colby Covington was positioned because the #1 contender whereas Masvidal was ranked three spots behind him at #4. Covington made his displeasure of the state of affairs well-known, calling Usman a coward for selecting the “straightforward” struggle in Masvidal, somebody whom Usman had already handily defeated final 12 months.

With the title shot seemingly out of attain, Covington volunteered to be the backup for the UFC 261 title struggle, however that may not be needed in accordance with UFC President Dana White.

Dana White Says Colby Covington Is Subsequent In Line For Usman

It seems that Colby Covington’s ready technique has paid off as a result of if Usman defeats Masvidal for a second time, Dana White says that Colby Covington could be subsequent for the champion.

“(Usman’s) at some extent in his profession now the place he’s taking a look at, ‘Who’s subsequent once more?’” Dana White mentioned in an interview with TSN launched Monday night time. “He’s coming again and gonna be dealing with guys that he’s already beat. So clearly, Masvidal took that struggle on brief discover, so let’s give him this struggle, and we will get rid of all the reasons. After which, Colby Covington’s subsequent.”

Dana White steered that he got here to this conclusion after assembly with Kamaru Usman following UFC 251, so it’s unclear if this was a collaborative determination between Usman and White, or if it was all the thought of solely one of many two gents. 

This appears to be extra seemingly White speaking than Usman as a result of after Covington turned down a struggle in opposition to Leon Edwards, Usman acknowledged that his nemesis made a poor determination and took himself out of the title image. Since then, he has criticized Covington even additional by stating he must be extra lively to deserve a title shot.

We additionally now know that Leon Edwards shall be dealing with Nate Diaz subsequent month at UFC 262. However even with all these shifting components, White didn’t throw out his typical, “We’ll see how every part performs out” response. As a substitute, it appears his thoughts is already made up on whom Usman will face if he will get by means of Jorge Masvidal this Saturday: Colby “Chaos” Covington. 

Do you suppose Colby Covington needs to be subsequent for Kamaru Usman if Usman retains the title at UFC 261?

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