The UFC’s new welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and his manager Ali Abdelaziz were involved in a scuffle with Colby Covington at a casino in Las Vegas yesterday, just one day after UFC 235.
Even as Usman stepped out of the Octagon following his title win against Tyron Woodley on Saturday night he immediately tried to go after Covington, who had been cage-side to watch the fight, but they had soon been seperated before they got close to each other.
However, at the Palms resort the following day the two again crossed paths, and though the video footage obtained by TMZ Sports doesn’t show who started it, Usman, his manager Ali Abdelaziz and other members of his entourage were filmed in the midst of a heated physical and verbal confrontation, despite being warned there women and children nearby.
it was in fact Abdelaziz who appeared to be the main aggressor, trying to push his way to Covington and even aiming a punch at him at one stage, though it didn’t connect.
Usman did appear to be angry at his rival, but also tried to calm down his manager several times during the scuffle, which lasted several minutes, while ‘Chaos’ warned them to stay back.
The footage ends with Usman and Abdelaziz having dispersed, while Covington was seen on the phone telling someone that, “Ali just swung on me.”
UFC President Dana White had already confirmed on Saturday night after Usman’s victory that his first title defense would come against Covington, and by the looks of things the sooner they get a chance to settle their differences in the Octagon the better.