Kamaru Usman says ‘extra shots’ on Jorge Masvidal were ‘super necessary’

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Dana White: Kamaru Usman will combat Colby Covington next

UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman made the 4th successive defense of his title at UFC 261 on Saturday night. Just minutes gotten rid of from the battle, UFC president Dana White repeated that Colby Covington would be next for the champ. Usman’s win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 was a rematch. Now, he’s entrusted with another rematch in Covington. “The fight between him and Colby Covington is one of the greatest fights I’ve ever seen. Those two stood in there toe to toe, blasting each until Colby went down with a broken jaw,” White stated at the UFC 261 post-fight interview. “The clear cut guy right now [for Usman] is Colby. We’ll see how all these other things play out for the next contender, but there’s no doubt that Colby Covington is the next guy.” Covington remained in presence at UFC 261, never ever losing a minute to put Usman down and calling Masvidal a “journeyman,” discounting him as a deserving opposition. And though he lost to Usman in their very first battle, Covington rejected Usman’s success over him too. “I’m going to take him down into deep waters. I’m going to take him down and I’m going to finish him. There are no more fake nut shots next time,” said Covington. “I have new coaches now. I have a new team behind me. Before, there was so much drama at my old gym. People were screaming at me. I couldn’t get my training time in,” he continued. “What has to go different is I have to put a higher pace on him next time. I didn’t put enough pace on him last time and just keep my hands up. I know I’m going to get my hand raised when I fight him.” For his part, Usman wasn’t fast to leap at a rematch with Covington or any other battle when prodded at the post-fight interview. His only dedication was to investing some quality time with his child, whom he was far from for a number of weeks to train for the Masvidal battle. Dana White tweets video of Chris Weidman’s fight-ending leg snap Dana White: Kamaru Usman is among the best ever (Register for MMAWeekly.com on YouTube)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.