Kamaru Usman har under en längre tid försökt få till en match mot Colby Covington som tidigare blev interimmästare i weltervikt, men ännu har ingenting blivit av. N när det står klart att att welterviktsmästaren Tyron Woodley kommer att försvara bältet mot Darren Till hoppas Usman att han kommer att möta Covington i november.
Usman menar också att Covington är en fighter som han gärna skulle skada i buren.
Det här berättade Usman via MMAFighting:
Four times I’ve been offered that fight and he said no. They tried to make that fight again for Nov. 30th. They offered me the fight and I said, ‘Absolutely, I will wait for that fight’. They actually offered me RDA for that main event in Brazil that Glover [Teixeira] and Jimi Manuwa just got announced on. I said, ‘Yes, I’m ready, I’ll take the fight’, but he said he was dealing with something…he turned it down or he wasn’t ready to fight.
If they had have offered me Covington on Nov. 30th, I would’ve said, ‘Absolutely’. That’s the one guy that I really have malicious intent to hurt inside that cage. Of course, they did offer me that and I did jump on that, but then [Covington] went to the White House and came back and was like, ‘I don’t want that fight’.
Usman kritiserar även att Covingotn tackade nej till ett möte mot Woodley under UFC 228 och tror att det kommer att kosta honom i framtiden.
[Covington] talked for a long time about how he wanted a title fight. But then they give him a title fight — Sept. 8 that’s your event — but he comes out and says he’s not ready. You’re not the champ, you’re the interim guy. You’re just a placeholder. The champ is ready to go. He gave you an opportunity and you turned it down, so they went with the next guy, they went with Darren Till.
Now you have to sit and wait. God forbid, if something happens to the guys that have to fight on Sept. 8 and they have to be out for a while. What does that mean? You’re not going to fight forever until they’re ready? You said you’d be ready in November, [the UFC] offered me the fight in November. I accepted and he says no — once again for the fourth time.
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