Kamaru Usman has been put on standby notice for the upcoming, September 8th scrap between Tyron Woodley and Darren Till. So who would the welterweight contender like to fight? Championship opportunities aside?
Woodley will be looking to defend the welterweight crown against Till at UFC 228, which will go down in Dallas, Texas. The match-up surprised more than a few people throughout the MMA world, since Colby Covington won the interim belt back in June.
But, due to a surgical procedure Covington’s had to repair a nasal issue, he can’t fight until later this year. So, not only did the UFC move forward with Woodley vs. Till, but the promotion’s contracted Usman to prepare for September 8th, in case Till or Woodley has to bow out.
Recently Usman appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and he was asked who he’d like to fight out of those two. Provided, of course, no belt is in the picture (as obviously Usman would rather fight Woodley at UFC 228, since he’s the champ). Here’s what Usman had to say (quote via MMA Fighting):
“If it was just as opponents, of course I would rather [fight] Till. Till is a bigger guy, right now he’s got the wave, he’s got the whole country behind him. He’s that face guy that the UFC is really behind and they’re really trying to push. So, yeah, I’d want Till, for sure, absolutely,” Usman said. “Plus, he hasn’t really been tested. Everyone wants to see that ground game tested. I want to test that, I want to see what he possesses down there when he’s put on his back.”
But, you could also argue that beating Woodley, a guy who has defended the welterweight title three times now, would do more for Usman’s status in the industry itself.
That aside, it will be really interesting to see if Usman ends up fighting on the 8th. Till came in way over for his bout with Stephen Thompson this past May, and you would think the UFC would go with Usman to preserve the title fight, if Till misses weight.
UFC 228 will take place in Dallas, Texas.