‘Nigerian Nightmare’ Kamaru Usman stopped Colby Covington to defend his welterweight title at UFC268 in the early hours of Sunday.
It was a rematch between both rivals with Usman ending the contest before the end of the round in their first clash.
The main event between Usman and Covington had a tentative beginning with little action taking place in the first round.
Usman was measured in his striking and was landing the harder shots as he dropped Covington twice at the end of the second stanza.
Covington looked deflated on his stool but had a much better third round, upping his striking output and beginning to land on the champion.
The challenger’s success continued on into the fourth round as the fight started to heat up with Covington landed a big uppercut at the bell.
Covington likely needed a finish heading into the final round, but Usman controlled the pace and did enough to earn the unanimous decision nod.
In the co-main event, Namajunas and Zhang put on a much closer outing from their first fight, but it was Namajunas who retained her title.
Meanwhile, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White says ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ Kamaru Usman is the best ever welterweight of all time, after his victory against rival Colby Covington.
Usman retained the welterweight championship with a unanimous decision win inside New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
The rematch didn’t have the same torrid pace as the first meeting between the two in December 2019.
That fight saw the men combine for more than 300 significant strikes landed before Usman scored a technical knockout late in the fifth round.
And in their lastest instalment, Usman did enough after five rounds to earn the nod on the judges’ scorecards, winning by scores of 48-47, 48-47 and 49-46.
And following his win against Covington, White stated that not only Usman is the best ever in his weight category, he is also on his way to become the greatest of all time.
“Usman is the best ever welterweight of all time. He is on his way to possibly greatest of all time status and Colby Covington was one tough dude, he is so tough,” White said.