Current UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (15-1) took to social media today to update his fans on the double hernia surgery that he recently underwent.
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) March 13, 2019
The surgery took place ten days after his victory over former champ Tyron Woodley (19-4-1) at UFC 235 on March 2, 2019. The fight went the full five rounds and Usman won via unanimous decision. In the days after the fight Usman had hinted that he had been fighting hurt for quite some time.
Usman stated he fractured his foot prior to the fight and has also been dealing with a knee issue.
“I’ve been on one leg for years now. So to be able to open up and use my kicks will make me so much more dangerous, it wouldn’t even be fair once I start to use some of the weapons we work on.”
The surgery was a success and he has indicated that he has already started physical therapy to recover from the double hernia operation. Once healed and ready to train, the UFC is expected to announce a title fight between Usman and former interim welterweight champion Colby Covington (14-1).
Covington won the interim belt during his last fight at UFC 225 over Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision. The bout took place on June 9, 2018. The UFC had wanted to schedule him in a title unification bout against Tyron Woodley on September 8, 2018 at UFC 228. Covington declined the fight due to recent surgery.
Woodley instead faced Darren Till at UFC 228 and successfully defended his title, handing Till his first loss. As Covington did not accept the fight, the UFC stripped him of his interim belt.
Covington attended UFC 235 and attempted to make news and catch the attention of both Usman and UFC boss Dana White. He lived streamed his attempts to track down White in the casino while he was playing blackjack. Colby also attended Usman’s live workout with his title and a megaphone asking why he was fighting for the title. These publicity stunts had the desired effect and caught the attention of the media and all parties involved.
Colby was also ringside for the Usman/Woodley fight and White had to go over and speak to him several times as there appeared to be verbal arguments between Covington’s camp and Usman’s. The day after the fight there was another incident in the casino as Covington met up with Usman to challenge him. Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz took offense to this and attempted to punch the MMA fighter.
Recovery from double surgery is generally 6 to 8 weeks so Usman should be able to get back into full training sometime in May. This could lead to a late summer fight between Usman and Covington. Based on the actions and comments both fighters have been making, this could turn out to be a big grudge match and a huge hit for the UFC.