According to UFC president Dana White, Kamaru Usman has been given a shot at UFC 235. Who will he face yet will be seen.
Usman's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, told MMAjunkie Radio on Wednesday that the contract signed by his client tweeted) was the real deal, and that "The Nightmare of Nigeria" will compete for the gold medal in the March 2 pay-per-view in Las Vegas.
"Usman has signed a fight agreement," Abdelaziz told MMAjunkie. "We signed a contract. One hundred percent, Woodley is fighting Usman. Las Vegas. March 2. "
However, according to White, the only part of this statement that is not entirely accurate is the involvement of Tyron Woodley.
"This fight is happening or Usman against someone for the title," White told MMAjunkie via text message.
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White previously revealed an attempt to hire Woodley against Colby Covington at the UFC 233 event canceled in January, admitting the frustration of not getting the champion to compromise and hinting that the organization could move in another direction.
"So you know what happens?" White said earlier this month. "The world goes on without you, boys."
According to Abdelaziz, this gave his client the perfect opportunity to step in and fight for the belt – whether against Woodley, Covington or anyone else.
"Brother, I do not have to wait on Woodley," Abdelaziz said. "He's the UFC champion.A first of all, he was ready to fight Colby Covington, just to be fair to Woodley because I think we're not fair to Woodley at times.I believe he's one of the greatest welterweights of all but I think now he was ready to fight Colby Covington, and he was the interim belt.Colby Covington said, "No, my nose hurts."
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"Usman had a crazy performance (Rafael dos Anjos), domination of five rounds. How can you not give it to him? And he was willing to fight Colby Covington in January and February, but Covington said no. That's why I went to Dana and said, "He said no, we're ready to fight now, bruised." Scream for the UFC. I think sometimes we spoil UFC, but I have to give a warning to give guys the titles they deserve, and Usman (profanity) deserves it. "
Covington, in a text message for MMAjunkie, simply ignored the notion that Usman belongs to the talk about a 70-pound title fight.
"Listen to John, UFC fans are dumb, but they're not stupid," Covington said. "If the marquee does not say Covington vs. Woodley, then it's not a title fight. Print that.
MMAjunkie was not immediately able to reach Woodley, although he took to Twitter to express his desire to face Covington.
For Abdelaziz, it does not matter who finally signs the dotted line in front of his client.
"Usman will be the middleweight champion in 2019, and he will be the champion midfielder for a long time (profanity)," said Abdelaziz.
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