UFC welterweight contender Kamaru Usman put on a solid performance on Friday during the TUF 28 finale with a one-sided unanimous decision win over former 155-pound champion Rafael dos Anjos. It had earned him a lot of respect and recognition, particularly from UFC president Dana White, who is willing to have him face champion Tyron Woodley, next.
But if it were up to Usman himself, he would rather settle a personal score with Colby Covington.
“I’ve said it before that it would be good to take the title away from Tyron because Tyron has been a long champion, defended the belt several times and he is the guy,” Usman said on Monday’s episode of the Ariel Helwani MMA Show on ESPN (transcript via MMA Mania). “So of course it would be great for me to be able to dethrone him.”
“But it would feel a whole hell of a lot better for me to beat the sh-t out of Colby Duckington. It would feel a whole hell of a lot better to beat that clown.”
For the “Nigerian Nightmare,” a fight with Covington would be more appealing since he claims people are clamoring for him to lay a beating on the trash-talking welterweight.
“I think it’s actually a bigger fight because who in the world doesn’t want to see me beat him up. Everybody wants to see it,” Usman said. “I get DMs daily from Brazilians, people all the world asking me to beat the guy up. It would be sweet.
“But hey a champion’s a champion so once I get that belt wrapped around me, that feeling itself is going to good enough for me.”
Woodley recently revealed that the UFC is targeting a fight between him and Covington to take place either in January or March of the coming year.