Covington has long been deserving of the next title shot, especially after a convincing victory over former champion Robbie Lawler back in August at UFC on ESPN 5. However, the fight took a long time to get made, mainly due to breakdowns in negotiations. The UFC tried booking the fight in Madison Square Garden on 2nd November but, again, negotiations led to the fight falling through. Jorge Masvidal vs Nate Diaz was booked as the main event on that card instead.
ESPN have now reported that the fight has been confirmed for UFC 245 which also has two other title fights on the card as Max Holloway defends his featherweight title against Alexander Volkanovski and Amanda Nunes defends her bantamweight title against Germaine de Randamie.
It hasn’t yet been confirmed if Usman vs Covington will top the bill at UFC 245 but usually the heavier weight class stacks above the lighter weight class so if the UFC follow this structure then it will be the main event.
The outspoken Covington has already spoken to Ariel Helwani regarding the news that he will be fighting and provided the following comment:
“This ain’t for some $50,000 Bernie Sanders participated trophy. This is The American Dream vs The Nebraskan Nightmare. It’s the Undisputed UFC Welterweight Title. It’s the most coveted title in all of sports vs Marty FakeNewsman’s little Power Ranger belt. Don’t miss it, snowflakes.”
UFC 245 is shaping up to be a big night of fights and it goes down at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on 14th December.