Kamaru Usman has retained his Welterweight title after
Defeating Colby Covington by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-7, 49-46).
Called the “Nigerian Nightmare” because of his fierce fighting spirit that has seen him clinch several wins, Kamaru Usman proved a nightmare for his American counterpart.
It would have been just another win, except that the fight was actually a rematch. Back in 2019, the two had slugged it out in Las Vegas at UFC 245, with the Nigeria triumphing with a TKO.
For their rematch at UFC 268 in New York, the Nigerian and his American challenger appeared to have improved in their punching skills. Usman was able to drop the American twice in the canvas during the second round.
In round three and four Covington rallied bravely but ultimately couldn’t sway the judges at the end of the fight, which was scored 48-47 48-47 49-46.
Although the fight had been preceded by by mutual provocation, Usman, 34, was magnanimous in victory, stating at the post fight briefing that the American was a tough opponent and one he actually respects.
In defeat, the American made it clear he’s not done yet and that the world is yet to see the best of him. He’ll be back in the gym on Monday, according to him.