Usman (14-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC) swooped in and took the welterweight title shot with Woodley (19-3-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) that Covington (14-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) had seemingly locked up when he won the interim belt in June.
Covington is understandably upset with the situation and has voiced his frustration with harsh criticism of the UFC brass,specifically company president Dana White. Covington said he won’t accept anything less than a title shot going forward, and he expects Woodley to be the one holding it when that happens.
“Woodley’s going to smoke him,” Covington told MMAjunkie Radio. “Usman’s a scrub. He shouldn’t even be in that position. He hasn’t even beat anybody in the top 10 coming off a win. His last two wins, his only ranked wins, are against guys coming off losses, and I already took their soul and left them bloody and beaten, and they had no will to fight anymore. He’s got a padded record. He shouldn’t even be in this position, but he talked his way up, he sucked off some people at the UFC to get in this position and played that little role. So, good for him.”
Woodley vs. Usman for the 170-pound title serves as the co-main event of UFC 235, which goes down March 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN+.
Although he was passed over for the fight at UFC 235, Covington said his goal remains unchanged. Woodley and Usman are fighting for the UFC belt, but Covington insists neither is a superior fighter to him.
“(Usman) gets to leapfrog the No. 1 fighter in the world, but let’s make it clear that he’ll never be the No. 1 fighter in the world because he’ll never beat me,” Covington said. “Neither will either one of those scrubs. I’m the best welterweight in the world, and nobody is (expletive) stopping me.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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