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Colby Covington: Kamaru Usman only accepted rematch because UFC threatened to strip his title

Posted On: Dec 2, 2021   |   Posted By: MMAjunkie

Colby Covington: Kamaru Usman only accepted rematch because UFC threatened to strip his title

Colby Covington says Kamaru Usman had no choice but to fight him.
Welterweight champion Usman will face Covington in the main event of UFC 268 in a rematch of their back-and-forth battle at UFC 245, where Usman stopped Covington with a late TKO.
One judge had Covington up three rounds to one before he was stopped late in Round 5, and Usman was pushed like never before in his career. Covington was upset with the stoppage and thought some of the calls referee Marc Goddard made in the fight were questionable.
But despite campaigning for a quick rematch, Covington didn't get his wish. Usman went on to fight Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal twice. Both Usman and his manager didn't think Covington deserved a rematch , but eventually, the highly anticipated rematch came to fruition and the arch rivals will finally throw down again Nov. 6 - against Usman's will, according to Covington.
“It's been tough,” Covington told ESPN. “It wasn't supposed to happen. They did not want...

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