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Tyron Woodley, Kamaru Usman trade shots on social media over possible UFC 235 fight

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Tyron Woodley wants Colby Covington, not Tyron Woodley as his next UFC title defense.
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

No one appears to be on the same page when it comes to the UFC welterweight title picture.

A week after UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie that Kamaru Usman is the next man in line for the 170-pound championship against either welterweight king Tyron Woodley or former interim titleholder Colby Covington, “The Chosen One” is clearly targeting another match-up.

Usman tweeted Wednesday night that he had signed a contract to compete for the welterweight gold in March, referring to the UFC 235 pay-per-view card slated for Las Vegas on March 2, and that prompted a quick response from Woodley.

From that moment on, two of the best welterweights in the world engaged in a verbal war on social media.

Woodley (19-3-1) last defended his title in September, submitting previously unbeaten Darren Till with a d’arce choke at UFC 228. “The Chosen One” fought four times in 12 months between July 2016, when he won the belt, and July 2017.

Usman (14-1) is hoping to get a crack at the gold after winning nine straight under the UFC banner since 2015, including victories over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and two-time UFC title contender Demian Maia.

Also in the mix is Covington (14-1), who won the interim belt with a decision victory over Rafael dos Anjos in June before seeing the title get stripped a few months later. “Chaos” also holds a decision victory over Maia in his current winning streak.