Kamaru Usman just cemented his reign as Welterweight Champion of the world with a brutal KO win over Jorge Masvidal. This was Masvidal’s first KO loss in the UFC, and it was a spectacular one too. After hyping up trash talk for the last few months, Masvidal was out cold after a perfect shot by Usman.
The next man up is Colby Covington and he tore into Masvidal after the performance, reminding Usman that this win isn’t a big deal. He reiterated that Masvidal is a journeyman and that he would KO him faster than what Usman did when they used to train. But it all served as a warning to Usman, who will be defending the title against Covington next.
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“It took him longer to finish Jorge Masvidal than me when we would train. That guy is a journeyman. What has he got, 15-20 losses on his record? You shouldn’t be crazy for beating a journeyman. There is a reason he is Street Judas and a bum. If I lost 12 fights in a row, I would still be better than journeyman Masvidal.”
Kamaru Usman: How will he fare against Covington?
Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington are no strangers. In fact, Usman already has a highlight TKO over Covington as well after their heated rivalry for UFC 245. The fight ended in poetic fashion, as the loud-mouthed Covington saw the quieter champion in Usman break his jaw to solidify the win for himself.
But people forget that the fight was razor-thin heading into that fifth round where the KO happened. While Usman probably would have eked the win out on the scorecards, a decision win probably would have resulted in an immediate rematch like the one we saw Jorge Masvidal get.
Covington has been sitting out since his win over Tyron Woodley last September and has probably prepared very well for Usman. The champion didn’t take any significant damage in this fight, so he could be ready to go again. But he has had two fights this year already, so this booking may stretch into the fall or even the winter.