Last week former interim champion Colby Covington defeated Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-44, 50-45, 50-45) at the Prudential Center in a dominating fashion at UFC on ESPN 5 event which took place in Newark, NJ.
It was widely assumed that Covington will get a title shot next and UFC president Dana White has now confirmed it.
“That’s why I put Covington on ESPN against a guy like Lawler,” White told at a media scrum on Tuesday. “You can say whatever you want about Covington. You don’t like him, you don’t this, that, whatever. He put on a clinic against Lawler, who is a beast.
“Lawler’s been in all the big fights, former world champion hits like a truck and Colby completely shut him down. His cardio was impressive, and the way that he beat Lawler was even more impressive.” (h/t – MMAJunkie.com)
Although he didn’t mention the date or venue for the fight yet. Colby has previously expressed interest in fighting at the Madison Square Garden on 2nd, November.
Covington is currently riding on a seven-fight winning streak and has beaten the likes of Rafael Dos Anjos and Damien Maia before. On the other hand, Usman captured the UFC welterweight title in march earlier this year and has been on a 10-fight winning streak in the UFC.