The epic rematch between Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman finished its course at UFC 268 and it appears that the foreboding welterweight saga has ended.
Inside one of the most prolific venues, two gold belts were at stake inside of New York’s Madison Square Garden. However, the action delivered prior to the marquee fights on the top of the card. Fans were highly anticipating the fight between Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler because they both are berserkers when it comes to offense.
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When the bell sounded, these two fought like rabid bulldogs at UFC 268. With sways in momentum throughout the bloody fight, many were impressed by the renewed durability that Chandler displayed after being TKO’d by champion Charles Oliveira. While the former Bellator champion would come up short once again against top-tier UFC competition back-to-back, the frenetic an absolute slugfest will undoubtedly go down as one of the best lightweight fights of all time. In fact, many fans, pundits, and media members believe that it may have already stolen the distinction for ‘Fight of the Year’.
In the co-main event, Rose Namajunas retained her 115-pound strap after a razor-close chess match with China’s Weili Zhang. Eerily similar to how she approached her rematch with former 115-pound great, Joanna Jędrzejczyk, “Thug Rose” found openings and utilized her grappling to mostly nullify the imposing Zhang. However, the two had plenty of back and forth exchanges, and both landed some clean shots. Despite each fighter going to the judge’s scorecard, the fight was an exciting chess match that already saw, renowned MMA coach Trevor Wittman go 2-0 with his fighters at UFC 268.
Usman was the final leg of Wittman’s three horses. The 170-pound titleholder Kamaru Usman was set to make good on another rematch with a foe he knows all too well. “Chaos”, after two years, was brimming with confidence and eager to exact revenge. The fight had plenty of back and forth and was competitive throughout the match. However, Usman certainly raised eyebrows after dropping Covington in the third round. It appeared the champion was very close to earning another TKO finish but “Chaos” showed his durability.
Despite the fight not ending in a finish, afterward, it appeared both welterweights had a newfound respect for each other. By a country mile — Colby Covington has been Kamaru Usman’s toughest test to date inside the Octagon. Not just once but twice now, so it’s safe to say a big fight for Covington is well within his grasp as we head into a new year.
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