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Kamaru Usman wants to coach 'TUF' vs. Colby Covington, then fight him to earn UFC title shot


ST. LOUIS – Kamaru Usman has a pretty good idea of what he wants his immediate future to look like.

The problem is, he probably has to convince at the very least his boss, UFC President Dana White, that what he wants is a good idea. And after Sunday, that may be easier said than done.

Usman (12-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) on Sunday dominated Emil Meek (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) for a unanimous decision on the main card of UFC Fight Night 124 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. After the win, which seemed to be panned by many of the audience members in the arena, Usman said he only performed at 30 percent of his ability.

And after White heard that, he was openly critical of Usman, the Season 21 winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” who has gone on to a perfect 7-0 start in his UFC tenure.

Usman didn’t love it, either.

“I wasn’t happy with it,” he told MMAjunkie after the event. “It’s not what I would’ve wanted. As I said (in the cage), I came in at about 30 percent. But I wanted to give him the opportunity to get the fight (with me). He said a lot of things, and I know he was trying to get that fight, which he did. But I duck nobody. I’m here to fight any and everybody because I believe I’m the best. Even at 30 percent, you saw what I was capable of. I can take somebody down and break his will and dominate him from start to finish.”

Next up, Usman said he would like the chance to do that to Colby Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC). The two have gone back and forth on social media, each saying the other has been ducking a fight.

Covington has been pushing for a welterweight title shot against champion Tyron Woodley, but White appears to be set on giving that shot to former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos once Woodley has recovered from a recent surgery.

So if Covington isn’t getting a title shot, then Usman has an idea.

“What I really want is, Colby Covington has been running his mouth,” Usman said. “He has no one to fight right now. He’s not getting the Tyron Woodley fight. Let’s put up or shut up. Let me and him coach ‘TUF.’ Who wouldn’t be interested in seeing that? Me and him coach ‘TUF,’ then at the end of it, me and him settle the score once and for all to see who’s that No. 1 contender.

“It looks like ‘RDA’ is going to fight the champ when the champ is back. So you know what? Put up or shut up. Let’s coach ‘TUF,’ and at the end, let me beat you up and we can settle it. I’m going to finish him – third round.”

For more from Usman on his fight with Meek and what he wants next, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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