The first combat between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington delivered UFC followers a traditional. Their second conflict was no completely different.
The two welterweights, the champion and No. 1 contender, respectively, lasted the complete 5 rounds Saturday evening at Madison Square Garden in New York. Usman took management early, connecting on a number of heavy hits and knocking Covington down twice within the second spherical. Covington did not again down, nevertheless, as he turned up the aggressiveness within the later rounds to stave off a possible knockout and work his method towards a choice.
When the playing cards have been in, it was Usman who gained by unanimous resolution (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) to retain his belt and additional cement his place atop UFC’s pound-for-pound fighter rankings.
Usman wasn’t the one fighter Saturday to defend his title. Rose Namajunas additionally went the complete 5 rounds in opposition to Zhang Weili in protection of her ladies’s strawweight belt. Zhang did harm early with a number of kicks, placing the champion on her heels, however Namajunas acquired going within the later rounds and had a important takedown within the fifth that wound up making a distinction within the combat.
Here’s how the evening went down.
Kamaru Usman Vs. Colby Covington 2 Live Updates, Highlights From ufc 268
Usman Retains Welterweight Title With Unanimous Decision Over Covington
Scores: 48-47, 48-47, 49-46
Round 5 (1:32 a.m.): Covington goes in for the primary couple of pictures. Covington connects on one other jab, however Usman counters with a tough hit of his personal. Covington hits an uppercut; he has began to land much more. The two grapple to the mat. Usman connects with a kick to the top. Usman slips after a kick try by Covington however stays on his ft and grapples with him on the facet. Time referred to as for an eye fixed poke. Usman connects with a tough kick and throws one other punch, however each are in a position to end the combat. Respect proven between the 2 sides on the finish.
- Nothing however respect after 5️⃣ lengthy rounds 👏
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Round 4 (1:25 a.m.): Covington has maintained his aggressiveness coming into the fourth spherical. He retains touchdown arduous blows as Usman has waited for a gap. Usman begins going for some extra physique pictures and lands a proper hook to the face. Usman lands a left hook and begins to cost in with a number of extra pictures. Covington then lands a kick to the physique and goes again on the assault in opposition to Usman. Covington pins Usman in opposition to the facet with about 30 seconds left. Usman will get out and lands a shot.
- The champ selecting up the tempo 👊
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Round 3 (1:19 a.m.): After a number of exchanges, Covington lands a stable shot to the top only a minute in, however Usman counters a couple of minutes later with a shot excessive. The two dance across the cage for a bit earlier than Covington tries to take down Usman. Usman finally ends up on prime and lands a number of physique blows earlier than they get again up. Covington hits a number of jabs earlier than Usman lands a proper hook on Covington’s head. Covington begins to land a number of extra pictures after which will get a takedown of Usman.
- Combo lands clear for Chaos 🧼
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Round 2 (1:13 a.m.): Covington makes an attempt a kick early however Usman is ready to get round it after which land a tough left hook. Covington takes one other swing and the 2 grapple for a bit earlier than breaking again out. Usman hits him with a punishing shot when he tried to get in shut once more. Covington has tried a number of excessive kicks, however Usman has been able to defend them. Covington rushes in to place Usman in opposition to the facet. Instead of a takedown, Usman grapples and lands a number of blows to the shoulders. Usman firing in a number of extra pictures with beneath a minute to go and connects with a heavy left that knocks down Covington. Covington will get again up, however Usman retains firing. Covington goes all the way down to seize Usman and is absorbing physique pictures because the horn is blown.
- THE CHAMP DROPS COVINGTON AT THE END OF ROUND 2️⃣
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Round 1 (1:07 a.m.): Usman lands the primary jab of the evening after which lands one other one shortly after that. Covington tries to get a takedown however Usman flips it round and lands a number of blows to the top earlier than they rise up. Usman and Covington commerce pictures earlier than Usman will get a fast takedown. Usman lands a tough left after some transient exchanges. Covington takes one final swing however comes up empty because the spherical ends.
- Grappling early in spherical 1️⃣
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1:01 a.m.: No touching of the gloves. This combat begins now.
12:53 a.m.: Now the very best pound-for-pound fighter within the UFC is making his entrance.
12:50 a.m.: The No. 1 welterweight contender is making his stroll out to the Octagon.
See under for full outcomes from the undercard.
UFC 268 outcomes from full card
Rose Namajunas makes use of late takedowns to defend strawweight title in break up resolution win in opposition to Zhang Weili
Scores: 48-47 Zhang; 48-47 Namajunas; 49-46 Namajunas
Round 5 (12:34 a.m.): It takes a few minute earlier than Namajunas will get an enormous takedown. Zhang is firing again with some elbows to the top as she’s pinned down, however Namajunas has saved her on the bottom earlier than beginning to land punches to the top. Zhang tries to rise up with some kicks however Namajunas pins her proper again. Namajunas turns the nook and lands a proper hand to Zhang’s head. Zhang retains attempting to make use of her legs to get Namajunas off her, however she hasn’t been in a position to create sufficient area to get away, and has been unable to flee the bottom. With 30 seconds left, Zhang seemingly had a window to rise up, however she stays on the bottom and Namajunas strikes her with a shot to the face and pins her once more. There’s the horn, and this one goes the gap.
- CLUTCH takedown by @RoseNamajunas 🌹
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Round 4 (12:28 a.m.): Namajunas lands a number of arduous punches to start out the spherical, however Zhang will get a takedown. Namajunas did not keep down lengthy, nevertheless, as she began sending some upkicks to again off Zhang and get again up. Zhang begins to take down Namajunas, and as they’re on the bottom, Namajunas is ready to flip round on prime. The pair change hits to the top, however Namajunas retains including some hits to the physique. Zhang hasn’t made a lot of an try and rise up, and Namajunas was in a position to hold touchdown pictures till the spherical ended.
Round 3 (12:23 a.m.): The two begin the spherical exchanging jabs, however for probably the most half they’ve saved a ways between each other. Namajunas lands a tough proper towards the center of the spherical and the 2 grapple a bit. Zhang tries a kick however falls down on the try. She then tries to pin Namajunas in opposition to the facet, however Namajunas is ready to escape. Zhang lands a tough left hook after which is ready to get a takedown and get Namajunas on her again. Namajunas spins round, however Zhang will get again on prime close to the top of the spherical and lands a pair of punches.
- Saved by the bell 🔔
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Round 2 (12:16 a.m.): Zhang as soon as once more beginning with a number of kicks, however Namajunas counters with some punches. After a number of kicks, Zhang lands a heavy left hand that stumbles Namajunas. Zhang shortly takes benefit by taking down Namajunas, who lands an upkick earlier than Zhang will get all the way down to wrestle. Zhang begins throwing some physique pictures earlier than Namajunas is ready to rise up. Namajunas pins Zhang to the facet, then stands up and throws a punch earlier than the top of the spherical.
- Putting a stamp on the top of the second.
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Round 1 (12:09 a.m.): Zhang strikes first with a sideways kick. After absorbing some kicks, Namajunas steps up with a kick and a pair of jabs to Zhang. Namajunas lands some kicks, however Zhang takes her down and tries to determine herself on prime. Zhang stands up and lands a jab to the face. She then wraps up, and begins firing in some physique pictures. Namajunas turns to rise up and get herself out. Namajunas makes an attempt a kick, and despite the fact that it would not land, it will get Zhang to fall down and she or he will get in a number of punches earlier than the top of the primary spherical.
- The finish of this spherical 🤯
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12:02 a.m.: Namajunas walks out to the cage, telling herself alongside the way in which, “I am the best.” She’s trying to defend her ladies’s strawweight championship.
11:58 p.m.: Zhang is the primary into the ring forward of her title rematch in opposition to Namajunas.
Justin Gaethje picks up spectacular win by unanimous resolution over Michael Chandler
Scores: 29-28, 29-28, 30-27
Round 3 (10:35 p.m.): Gaethje absorbs a number of early punches and the combat goes to the ground, however Gaethje turns it round with a entrance flip. As quickly as they’re again up, Gaethje hits Chandler with a left to the top. Chandler tries a number of arduous hits however Gaethje connects with an enormous proper to the top. The two dance round towards the top, however each make it to the choice.
- This combat is completely BANANAS 😳
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Round 2 (10:34 p.m.): Chandler once more comes out throwing a number of arduous punches, however Gaethje is ready to keep away from them. Gaethje will get a knockdown on Chandler with an uppercut with about 3:30 left, and he instantly pounces to take benefit. Chandler’s attempting to remain low and keep away from taking too many pictures, however Gaethje has maintain on him. Chandler will get his arm off, and Gaethje lets him rise up. Chandler will get up and goes proper again to throwing a number of jabs and some fast kicks as Gaethje waits for a gap. Chandler dives, however Gaethje dodges it. Gaethje takes an eye fixed poke and Chandler tries to leap on the prospect, however the ref stops him.
Round 1 (10:27 p.m.): Chandler has come out aggressive. He lands a number of stable jabs, and ultimately, one arduous strike from Chandler will get him off steadiness. Gaethje will get in some punches and an uppercut on Chandler, who seems to be getting a bit worn out because the spherical is happening. Chandler makes an attempt a flying knee however Gaethje is ready to block it.
10:21 p.m.: Time for the beginning of the principle card.
10:17 p.m.: Chandler was the primary to achieve the Octagon. Now, Gaethje is heading out.
10:15 p.m.: Walkouts for the primary combat of the evening beginning.
Shane Burgos makes use of kicks to solidify unanimous resolution win over Billy Quarantillo
Scores: 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
Round 3 (11:12 p.m.): Burgos will get proper again the place he left off with a pair arduous punches. Quarantillo clearly is hobbled on his left leg. Quarantillo falls to the mat, and Burgos will get in a success. Quarantillo brings the combat to the facet and is attempting to wrestle Burgos, however Burgos is ready to get out of it. Quarantillo will get Burgos down with simply over a minute left, however Burgos will get again up and is ready to land a number of knees on him. Now Quarantillo is hitting him with some knees close to the facet, however Burgos turns it round and begins to land some jabs earlier than the combat wraps up.
- Leg kicks paying dividends for @HurricaneShaneB 🦵
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Round 2 (11:05 p.m.): Burgos absorbs a number of heavy pictures from Quarantillo as quickly because the spherical begins. They face off on the facet, and Burgos will get in some punches to the top as the 2 are locked in. Burgos was in a position to land some robust jabs on Quarantillo. Quarantillo lands a heavy proper with just below a minute left, however Burgos turns it round. Burgos begins hammering him with a number of arduous pictures to the top, pins him in opposition to the facet and offers him a number of physique pictures on the finish of the spherical.
- What a begin to the second for @BillyQMMA 👊
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Round 1 (10:59 p.m.): Quarantillo begins with a number of kicks after which tries to get in a number of uppercuts within the first 30 seconds. Burgos physique locks Quarantillo along side the Octagon. Quarantillo will get out after a number of knees to the physique. Burgos beginning to throw a number of extra punches towards the halfway level of the spherical, however has been content material to combat a bit extra defensively. Quarantillo follows a number of pictures to Burgos by grabbing his leg and bringing him to the facet. Quarantillo slips late, and Burgos connects on a proper hander as Quarantillo is down.
10:53 p.m.: Fighter introductions beginning for the second combat of the evening.
Marlon Vera Lands Kick To Chin To Knock Out Frankie Edgar
Round 3 (11:43 p.m.): The two change jabs to start out the spherical, and Vera will get in facet kick. Vera has been extra the aggressor on this spherical; he has been controlling the tempo and forcing Edgar to take a number of paces again. After a fast cease, Vera lands one other arduous facet kick. Edgar tries to take him down, however Vera escapes it. Vera lands a entrance kick to the chin, and it takes down Edgar. This combat is over.
- What a finale to the CHITO SHOW!!!! 🎬
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Round 2 (11:37 p.m.): Vera lands a number of jabs, however Edgar will get one other takedown simply over a minute into the spherical. Vera lands upkicks on Edgar and begins hitting him with elbows. Edgar connects with some physique pictures and a jab to the face earlier than they get up a few minute later. Vera will get Edgar with kicks, and has one strike within the center with a knee earlier than touchdown an enormous knee shot to the shoulder. Vera connects on two extra physique kicks and provides in a knee earlier than the top of the spherical.
- Starting to shut the vary within the second! 👊
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Round 1 (11:31 p.m.): Edgar tries to wrestle Vera to the bottom, however Vera stays up. Vera tries for a kick, however Edgar grabs him on the try. But he cannot do far more than cease the blow. Edgar tries to take him down, however Vera wraps his head up. Edgar escapes the grip and will get himself on prime. Edgar tries to raise up Vera and slam him to the mat, however comes again down and swings a number of elbows. Vera responds by elbowing him from under. Edgar will get in with pictures to the rib. Edgar stands up, and Vera lands some kicks earlier than Edgar comes again down.
11:23 p.m.: Edgar turns the walkout right into a runout as he jogs proper to the Octagon forward of the combat.
UFC 268 Start Time
- Start time: 6 p.m. ET | 3 p.m. PT
- Main card (PPV): 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PT
- Main occasion: Midnight ET / 9 p.m. PT (approx.)
UFC 268: Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington 2 takes place Nov. 6 with the prelims kicking off the occasion at 6 p.m. ET, earlier than the pay-per-view fundamental card begins at 10 p.m. ET. Usman and Covington ought to enter the Octagon round midnight ET, relying on the size of the undercard bouts.
How to observe UFC 268: Usman vs. Covington 2
- TV channels/stay stream: ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+
- PPV worth: $69.99 (present ESPN+ subscribers)
- PPV worth: $89.98 (new subscribers)
The fundamental card for UFC 268 is offered within the U.S. on the ESPN+ subscription streaming service for a pay-per-view value. That portion of the occasion begins at 10 p.m.
Earlier fights, nevertheless, are viewable stay on ESPN, the WatchESPN app and, for the early prelims, on UFC Fight Pass.
In Canada, the principle card pay-per-view is offered on Bell, Rogers, Shaw, SaskTel, Videotron, Telus, Eastlink, and UFC PPV on UFC Fight Pass.
The PPV worth for UFC 268 is $69.99 for present subscribers. New subscribers will pay a bundle worth of $89.98 for the UFC 268 pay-per-view and an ESPN+ annual subscription, which provides a financial savings of over 30 p.c.
UFC 268 Fight Card
- Kamaru Usman (c) def. Colby Covington by way of unanimous resolution for Usman’s UFC welterweight title (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)
- Rose Namajunas (c) def. Zhang Weili by way of break up resolution for Namajunas’ ladies’s strawweight title (49-46, 48-47, 47-48)
- Justin Gaethje def. Michael Chandler by way of unaniomus resolution (29-28, 29-28, 30-27); lightweights
- Shane Burgos def. Billy Quarantillo by way of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); featherweights
- Marlon Vera def. Frankie Edgar by way of Third-round KO (kick) (3:50); bantamweights
- Alex Pereira def. Andreas Michailidis by way of 2nd-round TKO (flying knee) (0:18); middleweights.
- Bobby Green def. Al Iaquinta by way of 1st-round TKO (punches) (2:25); lightweights.
- Chris Curtis def. Phil Hawes by way of 1st-round KO (punches) (4:27); middleweights
- Nassourdine Imavov def. Edmen Shahbazyan by way of 2nd-round TKO (crucifix place, elbows) (4:42); middleweights
- Ian Garry def. Jordan Williams by way of 1st-round KO (punches) (4:59); welterweights.
- Chris Barnett def. Gian Villante by way of 2nd-round TKO (spinning hook kick) (2:23); heavyweights.
- Dustin Jacoby def. John Allan by way of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 30-27); gentle heavyweights.
- Melsik Baghdasaryan def. Bruna Souza by way of unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); featherweights.
- Ode’ Osbourne def. CJ Vergara by unanimous resolution (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); flyweights.