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Who’s next for Kamaru Usman, Rose Namajunas, and Colby Covington?

MyBookie head oddsmaker David Strauss weighs in

Now that UFC champions Kamaru Usman and Rose Namajunas reigned supreme at UFC 268, who will president Dana White and Sean Shelby choose next?

Let’s not forget welterweight challenger Colby Covington who came up short in a valiant effort.

MyBookie head oddsmaker David Strauss checks in with his odds on the contenders.

Let’s take a look at them.

Editor’s Note: Odds may be subject to change. Visit MyBookie to confirm the current odds. 



#3 LEON EDWARDS (19-3-0, 1NC) (+110)

Leon Edwards

Andrews: “Rocky” is unbeaten in his last 10 fights. But his last win over Nate Diaz wasn’t as strong as it could have been.

#2 GILBERT BURNS (20-4-0) (+200)

Gilbert Burns


Andrews: Burns has a win over Stephen Thompson at UFC 264 in July since losing to Usman. But he probably needs at least one more win.

#4 VICENTE LUQUE (21-7-1) (+250)

Vicente Luque

Andrews: Luque does not have a win over anyone in the top 5, though his last wins was over No. 6 Michael Chiesa and former champion Tyron Woodley.

#1 COLBY COVINGTON (16-2-0) (+400)

Colby Covington

Andrews: Dana White rarely grants consecutive title shots. Covington will most likely have to earn his way back.

#7 JORGE MASVIDAL (35-15-0) (+550)

Jorge Masvidal

Andrews: Masvidal has two rare consecutive title shot losses against Usman. That would be some trick to pull off he could make it three.

ROBERT WHITTAKER (23-5-0) (+600)

Robert Whittaker

Andrews: Whittaker is a middleweight and though he is a former 185 pound champion, he is likely one of the longer long shots.

ISRAEL ADESANYA  (21-1-0) (+800)

Israel Adesanya

Andrews: Adesanya is the middleweight champion but has not yet cleaned out his division, which is probably the only way he could leapfrog to the front of the line.


Canelo Alvarez

Andrews: Dana White said at the post-fight press conference, that Usman would not be fighting Alvarez. That statement can probably be taken to the bank many times over.



#7 JORGE MASVIDAL (35-15-0) (+120)

Jorge Masvidal
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Andrews: Covington made the case for Masvidal at the UFC 268 post-fight press conference. But Masvidal has another fight scheduled with Leon Edwards at UFC 269 in December. Stranger things have happened though.

#3 LEON EDWARDS (19-3-0, 1NC) (+150)

Leon Edwards

Andrews: Edwards is scheduled to face Masvidal at UFC 269, but like Masvidal could get the shot if the bout falls through.

#4 VICENTE LUQUE (21-7-1) (+200)

Vicente Luque

Andrews: This is an interesting fight on paper. This fight could vault Covington back to the title quicker than Masvidal, but not by itself.

#2 GILBERT BURNS (20-4-0) (+350)

Gilbert Burns

Andrews: Burns is probably on the list that Colby would have to beat. But is he next?

#5 STEPHEN THOMPSON (16-5-1) (+400)

Stephen Thompson

Andrews: Thompson is probably on the outside looking in as he just lost to Masvidal at UFC 264.

(C) KAMARU USMAN (20-1-0) (+600)

Kamaru Usman

Andrews: Highly unlikely.



#2 CARLA ESPARZA (18-6-0) (-110)

Carla Esparza

Andrews: Esparza beat No. 4 Xiaonan Yan and has said she will wait for Namajunas. White does not recommend waiting, but she has to be the favourite at this point.

#3 MARINA RODRIGUEZ (15-1-0) (+150)

Marina Rodriguez

Andrews: Rodriguez could get a No. 1 contender fight. But she is definitely in the conversation.

#8 TECIA TORRES (13-5-0) (+300)

Tecia Torres

Andrews: Torres just beat No. 12 Angela Hill. She is probably at least two fights from a shot.

#1 ZHANG WEILI (21-3-0) (+400)

Zhang Weili

Andrews: After two consecutive title shots, White said at the press conference that Weili is “far away” from a third consecutive title shot. That’s all I need to know.

#4 YAN XIAONAN (13-2-0) (+550)

Yan Xiaonan
In this file photo, Yan Xiaonan strikes Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 212. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Andrews: Xiaonan was finished by Esparza in May. She probably needs at least one more fight to merit closer consideration.

#5 MACKENZIE DERN (11-2-0) (+600)

Mackenzie Dern

Andrews: Dern lost her momentum to Marina Rodriguez in October. I could see Dern and Xiaonan in an elimination bout.

And there you have it. Some questions were answered at UFC 268, but we will likely have to wait until 2022 to get the answers to these.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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