Without a confirmed fight, Kamaru Usman continues to seek an opponent for his next belt defence. Although he publicly stated his desire to face Conor McGregor, the welterweight champion (under 77kg.) Said he received many requests for him to rematch his latest rival, Colby Covington. In an interview with ‘ESPN’, the Nigerian explained why the confrontation would not happen at the moment.
“Many people ask me to give Colby the rematch. Why does he deserve the rematch? He was the champion and did I take his belt? This is crazy for me. A challenging fight for the belt, is he knocked out, and everyone wants a rematch? What for?” Asked Usman.
Although he disagrees with a portion of the fans who would like to see a new challenge between them, Kamaru confesses that he also had fun in the clash between them, which represented the primary fight of UFC 245, in December.
“I would love to face you again because it was an exciting fight. I had as much fun as everyone who was watching. But, for everyone who asks to do the rematch, for what? I was the champion. I went up to the octagon and defended my belt”, finished.
In the confrontation with the American, Ultimate managed to take a large number of spectators. Confessing defeats, the athletes entered the battle arena to resolve issues that went beyond the sport became personal. For almost five full rounds, the welterweight players stirred up the audience with a very aggressive confrontation and disputed standing up. In the end, the champion kept his belt with a knockout in the final seconds of the match.