Since Kamaru Usman will defend the title against someone he has already defeated for the second time in a row in his next fight, it is not surprising that there is dissatisfaction among some other fighters. In addition, it is worth mentioning the fact that, in the event of a victory against Covington, the third defendant in a row would probably have a rematch.
Namely, he has already defeated Leon Edwards, who certainly deserves his chance at the expense of a series of nine victories. A fighter from the very top that Usman has not yet met, also the best ranked among such, is Stephen Thompson.
He faces a fight against Gilbert Burns on July 10 at UFC 264. If he records a victory, it would be his third in a row, and he would probably take over the position of the second challenger from Burns, that is, it is possible that he would skip the third-placed Edwards.
"I think a good win over Gilbert Burns would bring me among the guys who will fight for the title attack. Also, everyone wants me to fight Usman because I'm the only Top 5 fighter he hasn't fought against yet," Thompson said in an interview with Submission Radio, adding: "I think I would be a hard opponent for him.
Yes, he is a phenomenal wrestler and has the fitness to fight for days, and now he has knocked out one of the best hitters in the division, Jorge Masvidal." "He has progressed in that field. But that would make the fight more fun against me, the very realization that I am fighting the best version of Kamaru Usman.
" Still, he’s fully focused on what’s next for him and has no intention of rushing anywhere before he gets the job done. "First of all I have to get past Gilbert Burns. I'm not looking beyond that fight, but I know I'm here in the game.
I know I'm at the top of the list." "I currently have one fighter I'm focused on and the fight against him is in three weeks. Gilbert Burns! ", he confirmed what is following him. If he does a fight like the last two, in which he relatively convincingly defeated Vicente Luque and Geoff Neal, Thompson has every right to hope for his third title fight. In the first two, he just lacked the nuances to dethrone Tyron Woodley.