Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman are set to reignite their intense rivalry in a welterweight title struggle that can headline UFC 268.
Usman has been probably the most dominant pressure in the whole welterweight division over the previous few years. He has 4 profitable title defenses to his identify already and shall be seeking to prolong the quantity to 5 when he fights Covington in November.
Nevertheless, of all of the individuals Usman’s defended the title in opposition to, Colby Covington undoubtedly gave Usman the hardest problem. Their first struggle was a back-and-forth barnburner till Kamaru Usman let his arms go within the fourth spherical and broke Covington’s jaw. Within the closing spherical, the struggle was stopped following a vicious knockdown by the champ.
Josh Thomson and John McCarthy suppose will probably be good for Colby Covington to return to his roots whereas making ready his blueprint for the upcoming rematch in opposition to Kamaru Usman. Based on them, Covington should attempt to use his wrestling as an alternative of standing within the center and buying and selling photographs with the champ this time round.
“I feel [Usman] simply stands, sprawls, brawls, and tries to knock [Covington] out once more. I simply don’t desire him to fall in love together with his energy. As a result of he is obtained the ability, he is obtained the straight jab, he has all this stuff. Colby goes to be in bother. This struggle’s not going to be any totally different. Colby goes to work, I feel Colby’s going to attempt to combine it up. I feel he will attempt to wrestle him extra which I feel is the neatest factor as a result of Usman will decelerate on the stand-up if he has to wrestle extra. When you get him to wrestle early, it’s going to change the way in which Usman fights this struggle,” stated Josh Thomson.
Watch Thomson and McCarthy’s podcast beneath:
Kamaru Usman has developed a style for knockouts since becoming a member of Trevor Wittman
Kamaru Usman has nice energy in his arms for a welterweight, and since teaming up with Justin Gaethje’s coach Trevor Wittmann, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has developed an affinity in the direction of knockout victories. He has now earned stoppage victories in three out of his final 4 fights.
Covington have to be conscious to not let Usman contact him up at any time limit throughout the struggle, else the rematch will finish the identical manner as the primary struggle.
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