Colby Covington was not impressed by Kamaru Usman’s second-round KO win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261.
Usman and Masvidal were rematching after the champ earned a dominant decision win at UFC 251 in July. However, Usman wanted the rematch as he knew he would finish “Gamebred” and he did just that. But, Covington says he saw a lot of holes in the champs game.
“I wasn’t impressed with that fight,” Covington said on What the Heck. “If anything, I saw a lot of weaknesses in his game. Of course, the media’s not gonna talk about the weaknesses. They want to just talk about the strength and this crazy knockout, and this and that, and this new evolved game of his, but I saw him get tired in that first round.
“He was swinging heavy, and he got in the wrestling exchange and he was tired when he got back to his feet,” Covington continued. “If he fights me like that, I promise you it will be, ‘And new.’”
Before and after the fight, Dana White was adamant Colby Covington would get the next title shot and that appears to be what will happen. “Chaos” has been calling for a rematch with Usman since the champ won at UFC 245 by fifth-round TKO, yet Covington believed it was an early stoppage.
Colby Covington also says he has gotten much better and knows there is no one else for Usman to face.
“But now who are you gonna fight? There’s no one else. There are no other lightweights for Marty and Ali to pick,” Covington said. “There’s no other former teammates that are another blown-up lightweight that you guys can beat on. It’s time for round two with Colby Covington and ‘Marty Juiceman’ and this is gonna be really the test of two of the best fighters of all time in this weight class.”