It's About Time!
Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington have been circling each other for over half a decade. Usman took his first fight in Florida in 2013, his first loss to Jose Caceres. Covington took his first fight in Fort Lauderdale in 2012. Since then both men have called south Florida home, two fast rising, hard wrestling welter weights, living 20 minutes from each other representing two of the biggest gyms in the sport, ATT for Covington and Blackzillians for Usman. Covington did what Usman couldn't, defeating Jose Caceres 6 months after he submitted Usman. These guys easily could have fought each other at CFC, AFC, Legacy or any other number of regional promotions. Instead, Colby got the call to join the UFC, heading to China to undercard for Bisping vs Kung Le. Usman took a year longer but he made a big impact, winning TUF for the Blackzillians.
They could have fought each other as they rose the ranks both calling the promotion home since 2015. Instead Usman went on to defeat Warley Alves, the only man to submit Covington. They continued to fight a lot of the same men, with both fighters holding victories over RDA and Damien Maia. All the while though these two picked up the same reputation, boring, dominant wrestlers. They started calling for each other through out 2017 and 2018.
Usman and Colby Would both go on to hold straps. Colby was fearing getting cut so he decided to cut the heel promos and tattling on heavyweights. Usman fought Emil Webber Meek an thought it would be inspiring to admit that his boring performance was 30% of his peak. Still they wouldn't fight each other.
They fought in the buffet line at the palms, they talked smack at the ESPN deck after Colby beat Lawler at UFC Newark. They talked about finally fighting at MSG, but they couldn't figure out the money and they got upstaged by Nate and Jorge for the BMF. Still these two guys couldn't get a deal done.
Its all lead to this, headlining a card the UFC felt the need to bolster with 2 more title fights and stack with Jose Aldo and Uriah Faber. These two held out for as long as humanly possible for a fight that we all would have tuned out on in 2015-17, a fight that could have maybe headlined a fight night in 2018, now they get to headline one of the biggest cards of the year. Don't hate the players, hate the game.
BYM COIN PICKS
Bisping (Starting Salary 1,348.02)
Colby Covington 500 TW 770
Amanda Nunes 300 TW 72
Max Holloway 300 TW 164.84
Mike Perry 148.02 TW 319.72
Luis: (Starting Salary 600)
Nunes, Volkanovski, Covington (Parlay) 200 TW 1,380.85
Harrington: (Starting Salary 400)
Alexander Volkanovski by 1st Round KO 50 TW 1050
GDR 126.18 TW 400
Kamaru Usman 223.82 TW 121