Covington made headlines last June, when he blasted the "Filthadelphia Eagles" for not visiting the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl win.
UFC 235 featured two title fights with the greatest fighters on the planet.
The main card for UFC 235 is absolutely loaded. Cro Cop was able to transfer his Pride kickboxing skills over to the UFC octagon, but his move between promotions did show their fight style differences.
Covington has gone on a very public campaign for the title shot after he was passed over in favor of Usman, who then went onto win the title in a lopsided performance over Woodley.
As a former Bellator champion who holds dominant wins over top-tier fighters such as Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov and a former ONE FC champion, he has never once tasted defeat inside the cage.
I'm going to do my best to explain why this is such a big deal, why the UFC have all of a sudden decided to make this move and above all else, why Askren is a threat to the UFC's welterweight division. I mean, once you beat DC twice what does a man like Anthony Smith have for you? He has also already said he looks to challenge the victor of the upcoming fight between Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal, a bout which would make sense should Woodley remain champion.
The UFC president seemed genuinely annoyed when welterweight contender Colby Covington tracked him down and confronted him about a missed title shot while he was playing cards at a Las Vegas casino.
"They know I'm the real world champ", he said.
The next opponent for Jones is the veteran fighter Anthony Smith who will be vying for his title in UFC 235.
"Everyone wants to see Tyron tested, and everyone knows I can do it", Usman told The Undefeated.
Three minutes into an entertaining first round against Robbie Lawler, Askren locked in a bulldog choke up against the cage - which caused Lawler to appear to go out, if only briefly. He'll be fighting former UFC champion Robbie Lawler. Tune in Saturday night, live on PPV to catch what is likely to be the best card fans will see all year.
Q. Do you have a message for your fans ahead of your fight?
I like this fight as it should allow for Garbrandt to pick up a much-needed win but it is certainly not a foregone conclusion. Askren is finally making his UFC debut after a decade in mixed martial arts and a lifetime of wrestling.