The UFC announced in July that Darren Till would get his first crack at a UFC world title on September 8th. UFC 228 emanates from Dallas, Texas and will see Tyron Woodley defend the welterweight championship against Till in the main event.
Colby Covington secured the interim welterweight championship in June but elected to stay sidelined, he is set to undergo minor surgery.
Eager to see the 170 pound title defended, the promotion are stripping Covington and Till was instated as number one contender in his place.
This era of the sport has seen a lot of big fights fall through, title bouts have even changed three times before the first bell. The UFC’s contingency plan for this has been to have an alternate; someone who will stay ready and potentially jump in if one of the athletes drops out.
In this case, the back-up is another worthy contender: Kamaru Usman. Last night, (UK time) Usman suggested on Twitter that he could fight for a world title on October 6th.
Manager to the stars, Ali Abdelaziz clarified this comment on his own account.
Brett Okamoto then confirmed the information per Usman’s team.
It seems the UFC are desperate to include the welterweight title on the October broadcast. This is no surprise given that the promotion are laser focussed on including title fights on every card, with an eye to raking in viewing figures.
After Yoel Romero missed weight at UFC 225 in June, Robert Whittaker’s middleweight belt was taken off the table for their clash. Despite the fact that two of the best 185 pounders in the world were squaring-off, the event’s buys were pretty disappointing.
Perhaps recent decisions regarding the welterweight strap is an attempt to avoid a similar situation. Nevertheless, the UFC have an exciting schedule planned for the last quater of 2018.