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White says Usman could steal Covington's UFC title shot



LAS VEGAS – UFC President Dana White was impressed with Kamaru Usman's Victory over Rafael dos Anjos at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Final.

From all previous appearances, Colby Covington (14-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (19-3-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC). Usman's dominant unanimous-decision performance against dos Anjos has shifted the narrative, though, and the UFC boss has rethinking the scenario.

"Woodley now after seeing that," White told reporters, including MMAjunkie, during his TUF 28 final post-event scrum. "Lists, Colby Covington pulled out of the fight, did not defend his belt, this, and the whole thing.

Although he's riding the high of Usman's straight victory, which took place in the FS1

-televised headliner at Pearl Theater, White made sure to clarify he's not making any immediate decision. [19659002] "We'll see what happens, though," White said. "I'm not saying that's the case (that Usman wants to fight Woodley next). Sure (it's possible). Nothing's guaranteed in life, man. Nothing's guaranteed in life. "

Regardless of what happens next, he said on UMS (14-1 MMA, 9-0 UFC), he's on a near-flawless 25-minute performance against the former UFC lightweight champ dos anjos. It was exactly what White needed to see out of Usman, who has been pushing hard for bigger opportunities.

"I've been talking about him in his last several fights because I feel like he talks too much and does not do enough in the octagon, "White said. "Well, he looked good tonight. Tonight went in, and he delivered. He was punching harder in the fifth round than he was in the first round. Just punching, kicking, wrestling – the whole thing was impressive. I have a huge amount of respect for 'RDA.' The guy's a stud. He said it himself. He's been here for 10 years, he's fought all the best. Every time 'RDA' steps in there it's incredible. So, Usman looked good tonight. "

Woodley, White hedged. Woodley and Covington have hit an impasse, and it remains to be seen.

"No (update on Woodley)," White said. "All these guys. Do not even get me going. Do not even get me going. "

For Complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 28 Final, check out the UFC Events section of the site.


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