Kamaru Usman put on a masterclass in pressure and top-control in the UFC 235 co-main event, beating Tyron Woodley definitively to win the title.
While there were certainly more than a few people who were picking Usman to usurp the long-time welterweight champion, the idea of him putting a clinic on Tyron Woodley was a long-shot, to say the least.
For the fight’s twenty-five minute duration, the champ was barely able to get his game going and Usman looked every bit as dominant as his resumé would suggest.
It was a mauling of one of the finest welterweights to ever do it, a win so completely one-sided, it saw the famously explosive Woodley almost relegated to the role of an onlooker as Kamaru went to work.
The judges saw the fight unanimously in his favour when all was said and done and with that, a new champion was crowned – the first African champ in the history of the UFC.
According to ESPN‘s Brett Okamoto, the UFC have all-but-confirmed that Colby Covington will be the first to challenge the newly-crowned champion for the belt.
Covington travelled to Vegas this weekend in an attempt to make as much noise as possible, a move that looks to have paid off to a certain extent.
BREAKING: I'm told UFC has already informed Colby Covington he will receive the first shot against newly crowned champion Kamaru Usman. No date or venue for you yet, but Covington will get the shot.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 3, 2019
The pair kicked off their pre-fight rivalry once again just after Kamaru left the octagon having dethroned Woodley.
As of right now, nothing has been made official as far as Usman vs. Covington is concerned but one would have to assume that the fight will be in the division’s future.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 3, 2019