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Tyron Woodley Wants to Face Colby Covington in June After Beating Usman at UFC 235

Fear not Colby Covington, Tyron Woodley still has you on his to-do list.
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Tyron Woodley, Kamaru Usman to Clash for Welterweight Championship at UFC 235

Tyron Woodley will make his next welterweight title defense against Kamaru Usman at UFC 235.
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Tyron Woodley, Kamaru Usman to Clash for Welterweight Championship at UFC 235

Tyron Woodley will make his next welterweight title defense against Kamaru Usman at UFC 235.
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Report: Tyron Woodley Vs. Kamaru Usman Set For UFC 235

Sorry, Colby Covington. Kamaru Usman will be the next man to face Tyron Woodley for the welterweight strap at UFC 235 in March.

UFC 235 may have just gained a second title fight. The card, set for March 2nd in Las Vegas, recently gained a light heavyweight title scrap between Jon Jones and Anthony Smith (pending NSAC approval). Now, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reports the event will also feature a welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Karamu Usman.

”Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman is a done deal for UFC 235 on 3/2, sources say,” Helwani wrote on Twitter. “If all goes according to plan the fight will serve as co-main for Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith. However, unlike Woodley-Usman, Jones-Smith isn’t signed yet. Jones has to get his license on 1/29 first.”

Helwani also explained why Woodley is fighting Kamaru Usman rather than Colby Covington, who was originally expected to fight for the 170 pound strap first.

”In the end, while Colby Covington was ready to go for 235, UFC chose to go with Usman because his stock rose mightily in their eyes after the RDA win + his subsequent willingness to fight anyone on short notice in January despite being injured,” Ariel tweeted. “Covington held out and it cost him.”

Earlier in the week, Kamaru and Woodley went back and forth on social media about whether or not they’d actually be fighting. Looks like “Marty from Nebraska” was telling the truth: he is indeed next for “T-Wood.”

This turns UFC 235 into quite the card, should all these fights stay together. Take a peek at how the UFC’s big March 2nd card is looking:

Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith (for light heavyweight championship)
Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman (for welterweight championship)
Robbie Lawler vs. Ben Askren
Holly Holm vs. Aspen Ladd
Jeremy Stephens vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
Diego Sanchez vs. Mickey Gall
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Misha Cirkunov
Tecia Torres vs. Weili Zhang

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Midnight Mania! Usman Claims He’s Next, Woodley Says He’s Lying

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Kamaru Usman says he’s signed a contract to fight for the welterweight title. Dana White said he’s fighting for the welterweight title. The only problem is, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley says he’s not fighting for the welterweight title just yet.

Woodley wants to face former interim champion Colby Covington first. Covington has been running his mouth for a long time, evidently to little effect, except to earn himself a White House visit with Donald Trump. The UFC seems uninterested in promoting a fight between Covington and Woodley, giving Kamaru Usman the same opponents Colby just faced, as if to negate his best victories, and promptly stripped him of interim gold when he couldn’t make his unification bout with Woodley in September.

Dana White has also been frustrated with Woodley, implicitly threatening to take his belt away unless he defends in March, though Woodley just defeated Darren Till in September. If the UFC did strip their sitting champion, it would be unprecedented, given that many champions have gone much longer between title defenses without this kind of visible frustration from Dana and Company.

Signed contracts are not a guarantee of a fight happening. In the past, the UFC has used contenders, such as Khabib Nurmagomedov, against each other to lower fighter pay. This also isn’t the first time Usman has claimed he had a bout agreement signed to face the champion. Woodley, though, insists that Usman is flat out lying.

How will the drama shake out? Will Woodley defend his title in March, and if so, will it be against Covington, or Usman?


Insomnia

Anthony Smith fires another shot at Jon Jones

Former UFC fighter Kajan Johnson points out a long-standing flaw in MMA: the judges are accountable to no one for individual decisions. This is somewhat understandable, but it screws with fighters’ paychecks and careers more often than it should.

Stipe Miocic is exactly the kind of silly that fits an Ohio firefighter.

In case people need more evidence for Tenshin-Mayweather was NOT a ‘work’.

MMA trainer Din Thomas with more explanation as to why MMA fighters might not be grasping the obvious reality of Mayweather destroying Tenshin.

I hope this guy goes to jail for assault. Glad she clocked him, but he deserves worse than that.

One of the greats

I just want to say that PFL’s million-dollar tournament, though I doubt its a sustainable business model, did give some lucky athletes amazing paydays, and thats always cause for celebration. 99% of MMA fighters do not get to retire with a million dollars in the bank, but Sean O’Connell does, and Louis Taylor does.

Elbows

Dominance MMA is Ali Abdelaziz’s management company. He appears to have quite restrictive contracts with his athletes.

Alexander Volkanovski is my pick to beat Max Holloway, if anyone at featherweight can beat him.


Random Land

Going into the new year, getting it right

He really tried to iron his clothes while still wearing them

I had a high school teammate named Czarnecki and man, you could hear the announcer pause before trying that one. That was nothing compared to this.

Visit this website if you want your mind blown by insanely powerful cameras pointed at cityscapes.


Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Kamaru Usman Reveals Signed Bout Agreement for Proposed Tyron Woodley Fight

Kamaru Usman is putting the pressure on Tyron Woodley.
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Kamaru Usman Reveals Signed Bout Agreement for Proposed Tyron Woodley Fight

Kamaru Usman is putting the pressure on Tyron Woodley.
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Colby Covington Addresses Rumors of Usman Matchup: Tyron Woodley Is The Only Person I’m Fighting

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship interim welterweight champ Colby Covington says he is open to fighting undisputed champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 233 on Jan. 26 — if Woodley will accept the fight.
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Kamaru Usman: Everyone Wants To See Me Beat Up Colby Covington

Kamaru Usman may have vaulted himself into the title picture last weekend, but there’s one last contender he wouldn’t mind taking out on his way to the top.
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TUF 28 Finale Results: Kamaru Usman Batters Rafael dos Anjos for Decision, Takes His Mojo

Since winning his season of TUF, Kamaru Usman has transformed into the rarest beast of all: The TUF winner who doesn’t suck. Going into the TUF 28 Finale last night, he was 8-0, and he faced his toughest test yet in the form of former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos.

Holy crap did Usman beat RDA up.

For five rounds, the former champ was slinging heat and going for things like kimuras and whatnot – you know, all of Dos Anjos’ usual slickness. But Usman, as he’s wont to do, shut him down. By the final round, Usman was just punching him to pieces.

Maybe the fact that RDA is getting old played a factor. Size definitely influenced things. But all those things aside, Usman was Mr. Smash, and RDA was his hapless victim.

Afterwards, Dana White made noise like Usman could face champ Tyron Woodley, despite Colby Covington allegedly being next in line. I don’t know, I like Usman’s chances.

He’s definitely a badass.

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