After Usman successfully defended his title with a knockout of Jorge Masvidal final Saturday at UFC 261, UFC president Dana White made it positive that he believed a rematch between Usman and No. 1 contender Covington became “the fight to make.” Usman, nevertheless, would possibly presumably no longer be fully sold on the opinion. His supervisor, Dominance MMA’s Ali Abdelaziz, told MMA Junkie that he, too, doesn’t imagine Covington has another title shot coming to him.
“Why does he deem he deserves it? He’s privileged? Or he’s Mr. The usa?” Abdelaziz talked about. “No, he’s no longer. He’s no longer privileged. He’s on Kamaru Usman time. He’s gonna intention what Kamaru wants. I don’t deem he deserves it, but listen, it’s a industry. It’s about selling fights. And it’s repeatedly superior doing industry with the UFC at the abet of closed doorways. If this is the subsequent fight, OK. But Colby has to present loads of stuff out of his dangle pocket if he wants this fight. That’s what I deem.”
Abdelaziz talked about Covington (16-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) “would possibly presumably aloof breeze fight somebody else” sooner than being granted a title rematch, given that he’s competed dazzling once since a fifth-spherical knockout loss to Usman (19-1 MMA, 14-0 UFC) in December 2019. After that setback, Covington went on to defeat worn champ Tyron Woodley by fifth-spherical TKO final September. He’s clamored for a rematch every since.
Abdelaziz’s suggestion is abnormal brooding about that Usman picked Masvidal for a rematch despite Masvidal no longer competing in between his two losses to Usman for a length of nine months.
“I’m no longer taking anything else a long way from Colby. The guy can fight. But he is one of the worst human beings I’ve ever viewed in my lifestyles,” talked about Abdelaziz, who had a notorious March 2019 drag-in with Covington after UFC 235 in Las Vegas. “And I don’t deem of us delight in that have to appreciate this kind of opportunity – especially when they take a seat on one desire and don’t fight for a 300 and sixty five days, and they demand a title shot. That you would possibly perchance appreciate gotten other guys busting their ass stopping every three, four months.”
If no longer Covington, Abdelaziz has two attainable candidates in thoughts for Usman, who’s an extraordinarily good 14-0 in the UFC and in search of his fifth title protection.
“Why no longer Michael Chiesa? Michael Chiesa has a four-fight profitable breeze? Why no longer Vicente Luque? He has a three-fight profitable breeze? Why no longer these guys?” Abdelaziz talked about. “Why Colby? In consequence of he goes around talking about of us’s other halves, of us’s families, now we desire to reward him? That is how the sport has change into?”
In a subsequent interview with ESPN, Abdelaziz instructed Usman would possibly presumably fight Chiesa on June 12 at UFC 263.