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Outspoken former Ultimate Fighting Championship interim welterweight champion Colby Covington is set to face off against current 170-pound king Kamaru Usman at UFC 245 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas Dec. 14.
Ahead of the much-anticipated bout, former title challenger Darren Till offered his opinion on the matchup and praised Covington’s performance against Robbie Lawler, where he dominated the former champ from start-to-finish to earn him his shot against Usman (via MMAJunkie.com).
“Look what he’s done to (Robbie) Lawler. A lot of people said Lawler wasn’t the same; I don’t feel like that,” Till said. “I feel like Colby was just too much for Lawler, so when you break a fight down … because people hate Colby so much and take what he says so personal, they just want Usman to win. They’re not looking at Colby. Colby is actually a terrific fighter. Forget all the (expletive) he says, because he’s just an idiot. He’s actually a terrific fighter.”
Despite the impressive display, Till is leaning towards Usman to remain on top when they meet in December and believes the champion edges Covington in most areas of the fight game:
“I think if you put them both together, they’re the same fighter,” Till said. “I think Usman has everything that Colby has, just a bit better. I think he’s got more power. I don’t know who’s got the bigger gas tank. I know that Colby has an unbelievable gas tank, so I think Usman just edges it.”