Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman engaged in an epic back and forth last year at UFC 245. In that fight, UFC welterweight champion Usman successfully defended his title by knocking out Colby Covington in the fifth round.
Even though both fighters belong to wrestling background, neither fighter attempted takedowns in the fight. Covington was ahead 3-1 on one of the judges’ scorecards. Both fighters threw a combined 750 strikes in the fight.
Why didn’t Kamaru Usman try to wrestle Colby Covington?
In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Colby Covington revealed the real reason behind Usman not trying to rake the fight to the ground. He also said, that he hurting Usman on his feet and didn’t feel it was necessary to take the fight to the ground.
“He didn’t want to wrestle because he knows that if he wrestles a D1 all-star like me, he’s going to get exposed and he’s going to get tired, and he’s going to gas,” Covington told MMA Junkie. “The reason I didn’t implement any wrestling is I was beating him up so easily standing.
“I wobbled him in the first, the second, and the fourth. And I hurt him with the head kick, got a nasty body kick on him where he was about to quit. I caught him with some good straight lefts, good hooks, good uppercuts, and had him on wobbly legs multiple times. So I was having so much success striking that I didn’t need to wrestle. I was winning the whole entire fight, so I didn’t feel like I had to switch to the wrestling.”
With that being said, the fight was extremely close. In between third and fourth round, Covington told his corner that he had broken his jaw. Despite this, he showed full heart and continued fighting for two more rounds. Through round four, the judges had an extremely close scorecard (3-1 Usman, 3-1 Covington, and 2-2). The referee ultimately stopped the fight in the fifth round. Covington also said that he has had talks with UFC about a rematch and even a trilogy.
“There has been some talks with the UFC; they like the idea of a rematch,” Covington said. “They think it’s justified. I mean, look at the fight. I’m up three rounds to one going into the fifth round. I won the first, second and fourth, there’s no questions about that, and the UFC likes the idea. The fight delivered. It was a great fight, exciting fight, we put on a show for the people, but this has just started. This just started. That was Round 1; there’s Round 2 and 3 coming. There’s a sequel and trilogy coming to this fight, so I think they like the idea of it.” (H/T – MMA Junkie)
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