The fighter didn’t just defeat Woodley this past Saturday Night, but did so while suffering from a fractured foot.
“It definitely took a toll on my body,” Usman said on the ESPN+ UFC 235 post-fight show (via MMA Junkie). “I had to go struggle and go through so much adversity just to get here.”
There is no word on exactly when Usman suffered the injury or if he had done further damage to said foot while competing in the Octagon. The fighter also believes that he aggravated a previous hernia injury as well, but that hasn't been confirmed at this time.
An injured Usman may not have to worry about his injured foot for long, as longtime rival Colby Covington will seemingly occupy that space in the champ’s mind.
“I can’t be in the same room with him,” he said. “It’s just like two dogs in the room that absolutely want to rip each other apart.”
Covington did attempt to confront Usman as the newly crowned champion was departing the Octagon, but security got between them and there was no further interaction between the two.