UFC President Dana White has now confirmed welterweight stud, Kamaru Usman will definitely be fighting for the welterweight strap at UFC 235 in March.
However, what still remains unclear is his opponent. Rather cryptically, there has been no mention if he will face current kingpin, Tyron Woodley or someone else in some sort of interim arrangement.
Unconfirmed reports initially surfaced earlier this month via Usman’s Twitter account where he posted a copy of a signed bout agreement and poked at Woodley about the matchup.
Now (initially reported by MMAJunkie), White has confirmed a title fight will be happening.
Time will tell over the coming weeks around the “radio silence” from Woodley and whether he will be signing up for the contest himself.
It looks like Mickey Gall will get his wish as he’s now slated to fight The Ultimate Fighter series one winner, Diego Sanchez at UFC 235 in Las Vegas.
After Gall’s last win over George Sullivan at UFC Fight Night 135, he called out “The Nightmare” for a good old-fashioned scrap, and it looks like the challenge has been accepted.
Gall has gathered himself a reputation for his post-fight callouts, with names such as Sage Northcutt and Dan Hardy, rolling off his tongue in some of his previous Octagon interviews.
The Jackson-Wink veteran, Sanchez is by far the most experienced fighter Mickey has ever fought with 41 fights to his record and an accumulation of 16 years of experience in the cage. However, in the last two years, his form has become questionable, ultimately going 3-3 since the start of 2016.
Gall has built a solid reputation in the UFC welterweight division since being discovered on the show “Dana White: Looking for a Fight”. He was drafted predominantly to face a debuting CM Punk. Gall subsequently dispatched Punk with ease in the first round and has since followed through with wins over notable names such as Sage Northcutt and George Sullivan.
Youth and ground technicals are definitely on his side, but experience may play a factor, who knows with this one?