Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington are the best active welterweights in the world right now. The champ (Usman) and the number 1 ranked welterweight contender (Covington) put on a show 2 years back at UFC 245, back in December 2019. The back-and-forth contest saw Usman emerge victorious via. TKO in the last minute of the final round. The Nigerian-American also successfully defended his welterweight title.
In a recent interview with Helen Yee of Helen Yee Sports, Kamaru Usman was asked about where he would place Colby Covington in the list of all-time great welterweights. Despite the on-court rivalry, Usman didn’t hesitate one bit to give credit to ‘Chaos’ – placing him in the top 15 welterweights of all time.
“He is a good fighter, a very very good fighter” – Kamaru Usman
Usman was quoted as saying, “Well, he’s definitely up there. I’m no hater. I give props where props is due. I think probably Colby is – I would put him in the top 15 welterweights of all time, as far as fighter wise and skill-wise, and the way that he fights. You may not like him personally, which I really don’t. But, as far as skill-wise, I know he is a good fighter, a very very good fighter.” [firstsportz.com]
Usman and Covington are set to run back their fight next month. The five-round contest is set to headline UFC 268 at the Madison Square Garden. Covington is more hungry than ever, but it is Usman who has shown a ton of activity since they squared off at UFC 245.
While, Covington has fought just once, Usman has taken center stage thrice since that night. Covington beat the now-released Tyron Woodley in September 2020, which happens to be his only fight since UFC 245.
Usman, on the other hand, has defended his belt thrice, beating Jorge Masvidal twice, and Gilbert Burns once. At UFC 261, Usman landed a devastating punch on Masvidal, knocking him out for the first time in his long UFC career.