Kamaru Usman to defend his belt in rematch against Colby Covington


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Kamaru Usman to defend his belt in rematch against Colby Covington

A rematch of one of the best title fights in UFC welterweight history will come true.

Kamaru Usman, ranked ESPN’s best pound-for-pound MMA fighter, will defend his UFC welterweight title in a second fight with Colby Covington at the UFC 268 main event in November, UFC President Dana White said, to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on Monday. The date and location are yet to be defined, but the UFC expects the fight to headline at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Usman and Covington first met at UFC 245 in December 2019, an action fight that Usman won by TKO in the fifth round. Covington has disputed that result, saying it was an early stoppage. Covington was Usman’s toughest opponent as a champion.

ESPN has Usman No. 1 and Covington No. 3 in the world at welterweight.

Usman (19-1) has won 14 straight UFC fights, the second-longest streak in promotion history behind the all-time great Anderson Silva (16). The Nigerian native and Florida resident, is coming off a second-round knockout of Masvidal at UFC 261 on April 24. The 34-year-old Usman will look to go 3-0 in 2021. He also owns a defending title over Gilbert Burns, a third-round TKO at UFC 258 in February. Usman hasn’t lost since his second professional fight in 2013, a total streak of 18 straight wins.

Covington (16-2) has won eight of his last nine fights and the only loss during that time was to Usman.


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