According to UFC President Dana White, Kamaru Usman, indeed, has been promised to get a degree at UFC 235. Who he will face remains to be seen.
Usman's manager, Ali Abdelaziz, told MMAjunkie Radio on Wednesday that the contract was signed by his client (and tweeted) is the real deal, and that "The Nigerian Nightmare" will compete for welterweight gold on the March 2 pay-per-view show in Las Vegas.
"Usman signed a battle agreement," Abdelaziz told MMAjunkie. "We signed a contract. One hundred percent, Woodley fights Usman. Las Vegas. March 2."
However, according to White, the only part of the statement that was not entirely accurate was the involvement of champion Tyron Woodley.
"The fight happened or Usman vs. someone for the title," White told MMAjunkie via text message.
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White had previously revealed efforts to order Woodley vs Colby Covington at the UFC 233 event which had been canceled since January, acknowledging frustration that he could not get a champion to make a commitment and signaled the organization could go in a different direction.
"So, do you know what happened?" White said earlier this month. "The world continues without you, son."
According to Abdelaziz, it gave his clients the perfect opportunity to step up and fight for a belt – whether it was against Woodley, Covington or anyone.
"Brother, I don't need to wait at Woodley," Abdelaziz said. "He is the UFC champion. First of all, he is ready to fight Colby Covington, only to be fair to Woodley, because I think we are sometimes unfair to Woodley. I believe he is one of the greatest welterweight of all time, in my opinion. I think he is now ready to fight Colby Covington, and he is a temporary belt. Colby Covington said, "No, my nose hurts."
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"Usman has just had a crazy top appearance (Rafael dos Anjos), dominating five rounds. How do you not give it to him? And he was willing to fight Colby Covington in January and February, but Covington said no. That's why I went to Dana and said, "He said no. We are ready to fight now, hurt. & # 39; Shouting to the UFC. I think sometimes we destroy the UFC, but I have to give them a shout for giving people the title which they deserve, and Usman (cursing) deserves it. "
Covington, in a text message to MMAjunkie, only ignored the idea that Usman was included in a conversation about the 170-pound title battle.
"Listen John, UFC fans are stupid, but they're not stupid," Covington said. "If the tent doesn't say Covington vs. Woodley, then it's not a title fight. Print it."
MMAjunkie did not immediately reach Woodley, although he took to Twitter to express his desire to face Covington.
For Abdelaziz, it didn't matter who finally signed on the dashed line across from his client.
"Usman will be the welterweight champion in 2019, and he will be a welterweight champion for a long time (expletive)," Abdelaziz said.
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