Kamaru Usman believes that Colby Covington dHe dropped the ball in a big way by failing to step in to fight Leon Edwards next month.
After Khamzat Chimaev fell from his UFC Fight Night vs. Edwards (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) headliner on March 13 in Las Vegas, UFC President Dana White, He said he was interested in having Covington (16-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) step in as a replacement.
That didn’t materialize and Belal Muhammad ended up taking the fight. Covington, for his part, said that fighting Edwards would be nothing more than “charity.” even though they are both highly ranked in the welterweight division.
Usman disagrees with Covington for turning down fight
Reigning champion Usman (18-1 MMA, 13-0 UFC) He wasn’t impressed by Covington’s dismissal of the fight and argues he made a serious mistake.
«I think he made a big mistake, a huge mistake. Who rejects a paycheck? Declined a pay check. This is horrible. You can not do that. I mean, maybe I’m not hurting for money. But you can’t refuse a paycheck. Then, on top of that, you turned down the opportunity to really remind the fans. “
«I understand, you have to win. But that is a victory in how long? (Tyron) Woodley is coming off a two-fight, three-fight streak. It’s hard to basically say, ‘Oh okay, you have a win. You’re back. For a guy coming off a two or three fight streak, that was a tough fight.
Covington seems to think he should be next in line to challenge Usman for the 170-pound gold. The pair had a “Fight of the Year” contender at UFC 245 in December 2019, with Usman scoring a fifth-round TKO in the most competitive fight of his UFC career so far.
A rematch between the two sides seemed inevitable, but Usman doesn’t seem content to let Covington wait. He’s only had one fight in the 14 months since they shared the Octagon, a fifth-round TKO over Woodley in September, and in Usman’s mind, that’s not enough.
However, if Covington had agreed to fight Edwards, Usman said that would have changed his perspective on racing with his rival. But, for now, his focus appears to be a rematch with Jorge Masvidal.
“For you to sit here and demand, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve done enough. I demand a chance ‘… First of all, you weren’t the (UFC) favorite in the first place. You are not. So you can’t just sit here (and say that). It’s not that you’re selling crazy pay-per-view views. You really don’t do that too. So to sit here and demand something like that, I think it’s ridiculous. I think the best way to solidify your title shot is to go out there and fight.
“And what better way than to take down number 3 (ranked)? It’s going up. You are claiming the throne that you deserve that opportunity. What better way than to tear it down? He couldn’t do that and I think he made a huge mistake.
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