NEW YORK – One of the most anticipated championship rematches in UFC history is official, after Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington delivered at the weigh-in on Friday morning.
Usman, who was first on the scale, weighed 169 pounds and Covington weighed 169.4 pounds. Usman will defend his UFC welterweight title against Covington at UFC 268 on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
ESPN has Usman ranked its No. 1 pound-for-pound MMA fighter. At welterweight, Usman is ranked No. 1 and Covington is No. 3. Usman defeated Covington by TKO in the fifth round to retain his title at UFC 245 in December 2019; The fight is considered one of the most action-packed championship fights in UFC history.
Usman (19-1) has a 14-fight winning streak, the second-longest in UFC history. Usman is coming off a second-round knockout of Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 in April. The 34-year-old Usman has made four title defenses and is already considered among the best welterweight fighters in MMA history.
Covington (16-2) has won eight of his last nine fights, and his only loss during that stretch was to Usman. He recently defeated former champion Tyron Woodley by fifth-round TKO in September 2020. Covington, 33, is a former interim UFC welterweight champion.
Both fighters from the co-main event also made the weight on Friday. Rose Namajunas (115 pounds) will defend her UFC women’s strawweight title against former champion Zhang Weili (115 pounds). Namajunas (10-4) stopped Zhang by first-round knockout at UFC 261 and is a two-time champion. Zhang (21-2), the first person from China to hold a UFC title, had a 21-fight winning streak that came to an end with the loss of Namajunas.
Also on the card, former interim lightweight champion Justin Gaethje faces former three-time Bellator champion Michael Chandler in what is billed as a knockout for the UFC 155-pound title. Gaethje weighed 155.6 pounds and Chandler 155.2.