Kamaru Usman Opens as Heavy Betting Favorite Over Colby Covington
By: Nathan Zur Aug 6, 2019
Covington put on another dominant performance on Saturday night
in the main event at UFC Newark, completely nullifying former
welterweight champion Robbie
Lawler and booking his spot for a title fight against champ
Usman. Despite the strong performance by the outspoken
Covington, he’ll head into the bout against the champion as the
heavy betting underdog.
BestFightOdds has listed undisputed champion Usman
as the -300 favorite compared to +230 for Covington -- a $300 bet
on Usman pays out $100, while placing $100 on Covington would net
It didn’t take long for the pair to get into a verbal spat as
Covington was invited onto the ESPN post-fight panel alongside
Karyn Bryant and Rashad
Evans with Usman as a special guest. The two men engaged in a
war of words before security intervened.
Covington comes into the fight riding a seven-fight winning streak,
including notable victories over Demian Maia,
Anjos and Lawler. The champion Usman is coming back from injury
and is on a 14-fight winning streak and has also beaten the likes
of Maia and dos Anjos along the way before his dominant performance
Woodley at UFC 235 back in March to claim the belt.
The much-anticipated fight will likely take place later in the year
and is rumored to be scheduled for UFC 244 in New York.