UFC 224, May 12th, 2018, the UFC returns to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, now looking to be formally headlined by Women’s Bantamweight Champion, Amanda Nunes and challenger, Raquel Pennington. News broke earlier this morning (Mar. 22, 2018) that a potential fight between Colby Covington and Rafael dos Anjos was in the works for an interim title, solidifying a no. 1 spot at Tyron Woodley in their next outing. At this point in time, it’s uncertain if this fight will main-event, or co-headline the PPV card.
As of now, this fight is merely just a report, as FightBookMMA seeks to confirm the news.
After his last outing in São Paulo, Brazil, it’s crazy to think Covington is willing to step foot back on Brazilian soil after his continuous trash talk towards not only the country, but the people living within it. Calling the people of Brazil “filthy animals”, and the country a “dump” has only lead to further comments on social media, ultimately feeding his growing popularity among the fans.
Now on a five fight winning streak, Covington will look to challenge dos Anjos in what will be a no. 1 contender bout, however, this fight brings confusion to the fans, and also the champion, Tyron Woodley.
Woodley took to social media following the news, and seemed a little stunned, as Dana White, President of the UFC said that it was Woodley vs. dos Anjos next.
Many questions circulate as we look to confirm this news:
- Why is the UFC stepping over their original plan of having Tyron Woodley defend his title against Rafael dos Anjos?
- Couldn’t the UFC have made a no. 1 contender fight between Covington and Darren Till, or other top Welterweight?
- How big of a risk is it to bring Colby Covington back to Brazil, where he will fight a Brazilian?
All in all, there’s no doubt this is going to be a fun fight for the media, fans, and organization. This has everything it needs to sell to casual, long-time, and new fans. It’s controversial, it will become a verbal war, and it’s a fight between two of the top Welterweights in the world.
Stay tuned for updates on UFC 224, and many other combat events.
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