Dana White is claiming the winner between Nate Diaz and Leon Edwards at UFC 263 will get the title shot after Colby Covington.
Specifically, the UFC boss is firm in his standing too. Even so, that still should sit well with the former interim champ Covington. The 33-year old welterweight is looking to pick up a second win in a row after his fifth-round TKO of former champion Tryon Woodley (via rib injury). Following Woodley’s release from the UFC, he will now face Jake Paul in a boxing match on August 28.
Dana White Gives An Idea Of What Is Next For The Welterweight Division
UFC president Dana White indicated that Covington is indeed the number one contender on Submission Radio.
“Colby is the number one contender. We did the (Jorge) Masvidal fight, (Kamaru) Usman wanted that fight back. Colby Covington, the fight with Colby and Usman is one of the best fights I’ve ever seen in my life. He’s the No.1 contender. It’s the fight to make. Whoever wins is next after Colby,” Dana White said in regards to who is next for Usman.
Prior to Covington’s fight with Woodley, who has since departed from the organization, he was TKO’d by champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 245. However, in his last fight with Woodley, “Chaos” looked as good as ever. With 12 minutes of control time on top against an elite wrestler like Woodley, certainly, the performance put the division on notice. Additionally, Covington would land 232 of 311 total strikes (stats courtesy of ESPN).
While the fight with Usman and Covington has yet to be announced officially, it seems that is the consensus as we lead into the second half of 2021.
Don’t miss the UFC 263 pay-per-view this Saturday on ESPN+