December 14th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas we will get the long awaited match between Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman (15-1-0) and former Interim Champion Colby Covington (15-1-0).
Usman, while critical of his controversial opponent in the past, knows that he has a difficult task ahead of him if he is to retain his belt:
“Colby is a tough challenger. Very good gas tank and he’s going to keep coming.”
I just feel that all in all my skills will speak for themselves. Fatigue makes cowards of us all. That’s my job to prepare and make sure that I don’t get to that point. Plus, I just think I’m sharper.”
Covington is coming off of a dominant performance at UFC on ESPN 5 against Robbie Lawler. In the bout, Covington set a significant strike attempted record (515) on his way to a 5 round unanimous decision.
Usman is the early betting favorite at a -170 to Covingtons +140 (www.bovada.nv). The matchup is fascinating in that both fighters look to use a similar style against their opponents which consists of moving forward, applying pressure, and using wresting and pace to control their opponent.
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