The Battle of Endurance: Usman vs. Covington
Until recently, most fans thought Usman vs. Covington would main event UFC 244 in Madison Square Garden.
It was Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal announced instead. Both men will square off for BMF championship on November 2nd.
UFC President @danawhite tells @bokamotoESPN how the battle for the BMF belt between @NateDiaz209 and @GamebredFighter came together for #UFC244 pic.twitter.com/qu2vgcBMY5
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 7, 2019
But when you think of the welterweight title fight that is in the midst of being booked, you think of one word: Pace. Normally, guys like Max Holloway or the Diaz brothers come to mind when it comes to volume and cardio.
They put on a certain pace that allows their opponents to believe they were hanging in there with them and as soon as they started to slow down in the slightest bit, that is when the volume is increased and the cardio is on the rise.
As of today, UFC Fight Night cards have seen their stock grow increasingly, thanks to the underrated cardio mastermind, Colby Covington. In his main event performance against one of the most lethal strikers in the world in Robbie Lawler, he showed the true importance of being a well-rounded fighter. But most impressive was the endurance and pace that he set for Lawler very early on in this contest.
It wasn’t just his constant forward pressure, it was the ability to mix up striking/wrestling and distance control with the stats showing 600 strikes landed. About 150+ of those were jabs to keep Robbie from closing the distance and setting his feet to land the big shot.
With that fight now in the history books, we must now wait until the title fight is actually signed.
The original negotiations seemed to be completed, leading to the announcement of Diaz vs. Masvidal to headline.
Bitch, you don’t want to fight. Saying dumb shit like this is why they call you Marty FakeNewsman. https://t.co/ASNrGMzKF0
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) September 6, 2019
However, when it does happen, it’s more than clear than ever that the “Nigerian Nightmare” will defend against “Chaos” in what I like to call the battle of endurance. Now we have seen in two prior bouts for both competitors that they easily are the most well-conditioned fighters at 170 pounds.
But the true question is… Who is better?
Covington brings constant pressure and volume but mixes his wrestling with strikes very well while on the other hand, you have Kamaru who is more of a patient fighter, picking his shots accordingly, He relies more on his wrestling and ground game, but he does hold a very high pace and I believe packs more power than Colby.
So can Covington’s high pace and high volume match up with the champion? That is the question to be answered when they meet this year.
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