UFC president Dana White has reiterated on several occasions that No. 1-ranked welterweight Colby Covington will receive the next title shot against Usman. It will be a rematch stemming from their first bout in December 2019 at UFC 245.
It was one of the most exciting fights in the UFC 170-pound division’s history, with Covington and Usman repeatedly finding success over the other during the five-round affair. However, “The Nigerian Nightmare” reaffirmed that he was the best 170-pounder in the world, finishing Covington by fifth-round TKO.
Since the fight, Usman has gone on to defend his belt three more times, defeating Jorge Masvidal twice, as well as Gilbert Burns. “Chaos” has fought once since UFC 245: a fifth-round TKO victory over former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Sharing a picture of Usman reacting to knocking out Masvidal at UFC 261 in April, Diaz wrote, “Who dis guy fighting next. Someone he already koed.”
A little while after Diaz’s tweet, Usman responded, referring to Diaz as “209,” which is Stockton, California’s area code. Usman challenged Diaz to call the UFC’s chief business officer, Hunter Campbell, presumably to ask for a fight with Usman.
“I see you 209,” Usman wrote. “If you really want this 187 then call your boy hunter.”
Diaz answered, sharing a photo of a battered Covington and writing, “Ur locked down you do what ur told to do like a good champion.”
Diaz then told Usman that he didn’t mean any disrespected. “Your doing great champ I wasn’t trying to disrespect Have a good fight with one of those poor guys you beat up..”
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Diaz Said He Wants to Return to the Octagon in ‘3 or 4 Months’
Diaz had an opportunity to jump the line for a welterweight title shot by defeating Leon Edwards at UFC 264 earlier this month. Although he rallied at the end of the fifth round and almost finished “Rocky,” Diaz lost the bout by unanimous decision.
During the UFC 263 post-fight press conference, Diaz said that he hopes to return to the cage sooner rather than later. He also told the media that he had lost motivation to train for the Edwards fight as it was delayed a month.
“I got cut in training, that’s why we had to push the fight back,” Diaz said via Bloody Elbow. “And I kinda lost all motivation to train and work out hard and all that. So I kinda just lingered around for a month, getting ready for war like that.”
“I want to fight in three or four months,” Diaz continued. “I’m ready to hop back in there. If I was unscathed, I’ll be back next week. I was just unmotivated to train anymore ‘cause I already put in all the hard work for the last fight in Texas where it was supposed to be. And now I had to linger on for another f****** month.”
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UFC 263 Full Fight Card Results
Here are the UFC 263 fight card results below:
Israel Adesanya def. Marvin Vettori via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Brandon Moreno def. Deiveson Figueiredo via third-round submission (rear-naked choke)
Leon Edwards def. Nate Diaz via unanimous decision (49–46, 49–46, 49–46)
Belal Muhammad def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision (30–27, 29–28, 29–28)
Paul Craig def. Jamahal Hill via first-round TKO
Brad Riddell def. Drew Dober via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)
Eryk Anders def. Darren Stewart via unanimous decision (29-27 x2, 29-28)
Lauren Murphy def. Joanne Calderwood via split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Movsar Evloev def. Hakeem Dawodu via unanimous decision (29–27, 29–27, 29–27)
Early Preliminary Card
Pannie Kianzad def. Alexis Davis via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27 29-28)
Terrance McKinney def. Matt Frevola via first-round KO
Steven Peterson def. Chase Hooper via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Fares Ziam def. Luigi Vendramini via majority decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-28)
Carlos Felipe def. Jake Collier via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 28-29)