With Stephen Thompson’s Loss, Colby Covington Should Be Next Welterweight Title Challenger

The days of Stephen Thompson becoming a welterweight title challenger have appeared to come to an end as Gilbert Burns picked up a unanimous decision over “Wonderboy” in the co-main event of UFC 264. The 38-year-old was the lone opponent left in the welterweight title picture that had yet to fight the current champion, Kamaru Usman. With Burns already losing to Usman earlier this year, now is the right time to award Colby Covington his long-awaited rematch against Usman. Here’s why

UFC 245 Title Fight Was Competitive

Since winning the welterweight title over Tyron Woodley at UFC 235, Covington has still given Usman his toughest test to date. Yes, Covington was finished in the fifth round against Usman at UFC 245, but prior to suffering his first TKO loss, Covington was in a competitive matchup right up until the fifth round.

 

8-1 In His Last Nine Fights 

Covington has one of the best records in the welterweight division and is the only fighter at 170-pounds who is a former interim champion. “Chaos” has defeated the likes of Max Griffin, Demian Maia, and former champions Rafael dos Anjos, Robbie Lawler, and most recently Tyron Woodley. In fact, only Covington and Vicente Luque are the only fighters to finish Woodley in the Octagon.

An Entertaining Build Up 

 

There was a reason this fight was slotted in as the main event at UFC 245 over the likes of Max Holloway and Amanda Nunes. This is a real-life grudge match and neither fighter is afraid to engage in verbal warfare. It’s the same reason why, despite a 10-fight unbeaten streak, Leon Edwards isn’t being considered as the next title challenger. With Conor McGregor on the shelf for a while due to injury and Jon Jones stuck in contract negotiations, the UFC will need to rely on a potential matchup like this for solid viewership.

When Could This Take Place?

According to Covington’s interview with Fanatics View, the UFC is currently looking at this potential rematch for October or November. Nothing has been signed yet, but expect an announcement on Usman’s next opponent soon with UFC 264 in the books.

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