“I would like to see (Usman) fight Woodley now after seeing that,” White told MMA Junkie. “Listen, Colby Covington pulled out of the fight, didn’t defend his belt, this, that, and the whole thing. I’m one of these guys, when I just see a fight like this, I want to see Usman fight now.”
UFC Interim Welterweight Champion Colby Covington was expected to be next for Woodley, but Covington had surgery a few months back and that caused him to miss the first opportunity to fight Woodley at UFC 228.
White admits that he wasn’t the biggest Usman fan in the past, but that opinion has obviously changed.
“I’ve been talking a lot of smack about him in his last several fights because I feel like he talks too much and doesn’t do enough in the octagon,” White said. “Well, he looked damn good tonight. Tonight he went in, and he delivered. He was punching harder in the fifth round than he was in the first round. Just punching, kicking, wrestling – the whole thing was impressive. I have such a huge amount of respect for ‘RDA.’ The guy’s a stud. He said it himself. He’s been here for 10 years, he’s fought all the best. Every time ‘RDA’ steps in there it’s incredible. So, Usman looked good tonight.”
There has been no comment yet from Woodley on whom he would like to fight next, but the welterweight champion is also recovering from surgery as well.