Kamaru Usman will try to accomplish two feats this evening (Sat., Nov. 6, 2021) at UFC 268 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. He must defeat Colby Covington to retain his UFC welterweight title and he must do it in a fashion that will finally shut “Chaos” up.
Usman, who is approaching legendary status as a UFC champion, is trying to push his Octagon record to 15-0 with a win over Covington. He will also be looking to defend his 170-pound title for the fifth-straight time. All he has to do is keep his emotions in check and let his skills take over, which is exactly what happened when he defeated Covington the first time around back in 2019.
While Usman is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world today he isn’t immune to a little mental warfare. That’s exactly what Covington has been trying to implement before, during, and after the first fight as well as every waking second leading up to the rematch. It will be interesting to see if “Nigerian Nightmare” can keep it bottled up during the fight and do what he does best.
Luckily, Usman was given one final chance to send a message to Covington ahead of their grudge match at UFC 268. He also offered a prediction for the main event fight.
“I just want to say I’m blessed to be in this position, to be able to deliver another performance like we did the first time,” said Usman during UFC 268’s ceremonial weigh ins on Friday (replay HERE). “If he did his homework, it’s going to be an amazing fight.
“But if he didn’t, I’m going to put his b*tch ass away early.”
Covington, who is confident that a change in teams will be enough to hand Usman his first UFC loss, was also asked about the fight during Friday’s weigh ins. The man known as “Chaos” promised to beat the brakes off the champion and fly back home with the belt. Typical banter from one of the promotion’s most outspoken fighters.
“Tomorrow night, live on pay-per-view, I’m going to beat the brakes off Marty, I’m going to become undisputed champion,” said Covington.
“I’m jumping on the Bang jet back to Miami as the pound-for-pound best fighter to ever do it, daddy.”
What say you, Maniacs? After seeing the first fight and all the back-and-forth that’s ensued, who will win the rematch later tonight at UFC 268?
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