With Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman battling it out behind the scenes to be the next in line for Tyron Woodley’s welterweight title, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has reportedly won the battle.
As reported by ESPN, Woodley will defend his title against Usman on March 2nd in Las Vegas in the co-main event slot at UFC 235.
Usman was reportedly chosen by the UFC ahead of Covington due to the latter’s refusal to fight anyone other than Woodley while the champion was recovering from hand surgery.
Woodley (19-3-1) most recently fought at UFC 228 where he recorded a second-round D’arce choke submission win against Darren Till. ‘The Chosen One’ claimed the UFC’s 170 lbs title in 2016 with a first-round KO over Robbie Lawler and has since become the second-fastest champion in UFC history to reach three title defences.
Usman (14-1) meanwhile is on a 13-fight winning streak with nine of those wins coming under the UFC banner. The 31-year old fought three times in 2018 defeating Emil Weber Meek, Demian Maia and Rafael dos Anjos all by decision.
UFC 235 is now currently set to feature:
- Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith – light heavyweight title fight
- Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman – welterweight title fight
- Robbie Lawler vs. Ben Askren
- Tecia Torres vs. Weili Zhang
- Diego Sanchez vs. Mickey Gall
- Holly Holm vs. Aspen Ladd
- Jeremy Stephens vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
- Ovince Saint Preux vs. Misha Cirkunov