Usman Thinks Dana White Could Change His Mind About Covington’s Title Shot


Kamaru Usman is certain he’ll become UFC welterweight champion one day.

Usman served as the backup fighter for the UFC 228 main event in Dallas, Texas last weekend. Tyron Woodley successfully defended his 170-pound championship against Darren Till with a submission win.

Speaking to MMA Junkie after the event, Usman remained firm in his belief that he’ll win the gold one day:

“I will be champion,” Usman said.

Now that Till has had his chance at the welterweight crown, that opens up the door for young and impressive prospects such as Usman to get their shot. After the event, UFC President Dana White noted that Colby Covington will receive the next shot.

Not only do Covington and Woodley have personal issues with one another, but “Chaos” did win the interim 170-pound title earlier this summer. Covington, however, was unable to unify at UFC 228 because of an injury.

As for White saying Covington is next, Usman isn’t too worried about that right now. He believes there’s a chance White can change his mind about who gets the next title opportunity:

“I’m not dwelling solely on what Dana said yesterday, because tomorrow Dana could change his mind,” Usman said.

Even though Covington’s next fight may be for the welterweight title, Usman is still patiently awaiting a crack at the American Top Team (ATT) product. He really wants the chance at putting hands through Covington’s face:

“I truly want to put my hands through his face,” Usman said. “That’s a guy that the world will be watching as well.”