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Midnight Mania! Kamaru Usman broke his hand on Justin Gaethje’s skull three weeks before UFC 268

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UFC 268: Usman v Covington 2 Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

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Kamaru Usman has proven his grit inside the Octagon on several occasions, but even making it into the cage on UFC 268 was an accomplishment in itself. While on The Full Send Podcast, the Welterweight kingpin revealed that he broke his hand three weeks prior to his second grudge match vs. Colby Covington.

“Yeah, I broke it before the fight,” Usman revealed. “Yeah, I broke it three weeks before, and I didn’t throw it a day until the fight. I didn’t throw it until right in the backstage, when you warm up before the fight. I didn’t throw my right hand for three weeks ... I broke it on someone’s head, Justin Gaethje.”

I would expect Covington to declare the above FAKE NEWS! and demand x-rays within the next 48 hours.

Injured hand or not, Usman further solidified his legacy at UFC 268, knocking Covington down twice en route to a unanimous decision win. At the moment, there is no clear-cut next challenger for Usman’s title, though Leon Edwards likely has the best argument. Meanwhile, Covington is also unbooked, but he’s targeting ex-roomie Jorge Masvidal next.

Insomnia

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SUMO!

One can only wonder what exactly is the background to this clip, though the lesson is clear: don’t throw crap punches!

Random Land

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Midnight Music: The great John Coltrane was the soundtrack to both tonight’s baking and Midnight Mania-ing. Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.