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UFC 268: Kamaru Usman Retains Championship With Hard Win Against Covington

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Nigerian fighter, Kamaru Usman retained his welterweight championship with a hard-earned win over Colby Covington in the main event of UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday morning.

The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ took the fight via unanimous decision after five tough rounds, though the champion’s 19th straight victory and a fifth successful defence of his belt was well deserved, given his superior striking power and the fact that he almost finished ‘Chaos’ near the end of round two after landing a couple of massive left hooks.

It’s a second win over Covington for Usman – the first arrived just under two years ago and was a classic in the welterweight division – and the fact that this fight went the distance and was again very evenly matched suggests that this rivalry is not done yet.

“I know there was a lot of trash talk, a lot of bad blood here and I’m sure there’s still gonna be some after tonight, but this guy’s a tough son of a b****, he’s tough as s***. I wanted to get crazy, try to get him out of there, but I knew with a guy like this, he’s gonna creep back in it and we’re gonna end up in a situation [going to the judges’ score cards] that we don’t want to be in,” said Usman after the fight.

He added, “I am the pound-for-pound best alive right now.”

The next UFC event is a Fight Night at the APEX Facility in Las Vegas on the late evening of Saturday 13 November, headlined by a featherweight bout between Max Holloway and Yair Rodriguez.

UFC 268 – Main card results

Main event: Welterweight championship: Kamaru Usman def. Colby Covington via unanimous decision (48-47 48-47 49-46), R5, 5:00

Co-main: Women’s strawweight championship: Rose Namajunas def. Zhang Weili via split decision (47-48 48-47 49-46), R5, 5:00

Bantamweight: Marlon Vera def. Frankie Edgar via TKO (front kick), R3, 3:50

Featherweight: Shane Burgos def. Billy Quarantillo via unanimous decision (29-28 29-28 29-28), R3, 5:00

Lightweight: Justin Gaethje def. Michael Chandler via unanimous decision (29-28 29-28 30-27), R3, 5:00

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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2 Sporting CP 6 9
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