KAMARU USMAN won the first fight, but he’ll defend his title again as he takes on Colby Covington at UFC 268 in a grudge rematch.
The welterweight champ beat Covington by 5th round TKO nearly two years ago but the fight was a close one up until the stoppage came.
Covington has also always contested the stoppage, as he believes referee Marc Goddard jumped into to halt proceedings too quickly.
Usman has since picked up three victories, one of which was a win over Gilbert Burns, sandwiched in between a decision and a knockout over Jorge Masvidal.
Covington still arguably represents Usman’s toughest task at 170lbs, but a win in New York would put him firmly at the top of the tree in the welterweight division.
When is UFC 268: Usman vs Covington 2?
- Kamaru Usman’s clash with Colby Covington will take place on Saturday, November 6 in New York.
- For UK fans, the fight is set to get going in the early hours of Sunday morning on November 7.
- Madison Square Garden in New York City will play host to the huge event.
- There will be close to 20,000 fans in attendance at UFC 268.
What channel is it and can it be live streamed?
- Usman vs Covington 2 will be shown live on BT Sport 1 in the UK.
- The prelims will get underway from 1am UK time on Sunday, November 7.
- The main card is set to get going from 3am.
- You can live stream the action from the BT Sport app, which is available for download onto your mobile and tablet device.
UFC 268: Usman vs Covington FULL CARD
- Kamaru Usman (c) vs Colby Covington (welterweight title)
- Rose Namajunas (c) vs Weili Zhang (strawweight title)
- Justin Gaethje vs Michael Chandler
- Frankie Edgar vs Marlon Vera
- Alex Pereira vs Andreas Michailidis
- Al Iaquinta vs Bobby Green
- Shane Burgos vs Billy Quarantillo
- Edmen Shahbazyan vs Nassourdine Imavov
- Ian Garry vs Jordan Williams
Early preliminary card
- Gian Villante vs Chris Barnett
- Aleksa Camur vs John Allan
- CJ Vergara vs Ode Osbourne
What has been said?
“He should have fought me and rematched me right away,” Covington said.
“The first time we fought there was unfinished business.
“The people, the fans saw for themselves how close that fight was. And that fight needed to be run back right away but he refused.”
Usman said: “It doesn’t matter. Finish or not, the way I fight I want to dominate a guy from start to finish.
“I want to out-class a guy. I want a guy to go home, when they lay down in bed at night they’re like, ‘Sh*t, that guy’s better than me.
“There was nothing I can do to beat him.’ That’s what I want. That’s the feeling that I want to live with these guys each and every time they compete against me.”