UFC 268: Kamaru Usman beats Colby Covington to retain title

  • Usman beat Covington by unanimous decision to defend his crown
  • The Nigerian Nightmare dropped Covington twice but the challenger held on
  • Rose Namajunas defended her strawweight belt against Zhang Weili by unanimous decision
  • Justin Gaethje’s beat Michael Chandler in an all-out battle between the two lightweight fighters

Kamaru Usman successfully defends his welterweight title against Colby Covington in the Madison Square Garden.

The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ retained his welterweight title but failed to finish his challenger when he knocked down Covington twice but the controversial American clung on for dear life and survived to see the third round.

In the co-main event, the judges were also called upon as Rose Namajunas retained her belt against Zhang Weili.

Namajunas got a split decision victory with two of the judges scoring it 48-47 and one 49-46.

Having suffered a head kick KO defeat in their first fight, the Chinese star made a much better fist of it this time around, landing powerful shots and showing her strength advantage in the clinch.

But Namajunas was too canny for her and dominated the final round to put the icing on the cake and seal the victory.

The highlight of the night for many was the curtain-raiser between Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler in their lightweight bout.

The two fighter brawled in an epic contest that saw Gaethje earn the victory.