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UFC 268: Usman vs Covington 2 Results

Live Results, Winner Interviews And More From UFC 268: Usman vs Covington 2, Live From Madison Square Garden In New York City

UFC returned to the world famous Madison Square Garden with a compelling pair of world championship rematches. Headlining the event was be UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman who defended his title once again against heated rival and No. 1 ranked contender Colby Covington. The co-main event saw UFC women’s strawweight champion Rose Najamunas make it two in a row against former champion and No. 1 ranked contender Zhang Weili.

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*The welterweight championship main event and the strawweight championship co-main event are scheduled for five rounds. The remaining fights are all scheduled for three rounds. | Official Scorecards

 

UFC 268: Usman vs Covington 2

UFC 268: Usman vs Covington 2 Main Card

Main Event: Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington

Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington are tailor-made to engage in close, competitive battles with one another, following their instant classic at UFC 245 with an equally impressive sequel on Saturday night, with the bitter rivals going the distance in their championship rematch to close out UFC 268.

Kamaru Usman Post-Fight Interview | UFC 268
Kamaru Usman Post-Fight Interview | UFC 268
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And when the scores were added up, Usman remained on top, securing a unanimous decision victory with scores of 48-47 twice and 49-46.

This was an outstanding fight and the two-fight series between these two has to rank amongst the best of all time.

Usman is in the midst of an historic run, extending his record to 15-0 inside the Octagon with his fifth successful title defence, and third this year, leaving him one victory shy of equaling Anderson Silva’s record for the most consecutive victories in UFC history.

As for Covington, this has got to be a bitter pill to swallow, as he’s clearly an outstanding talent, but remains just a shade behind Usman in the welterweight division, dropping to 16-3 overall with the loss.

It’s been an incredible year for Usman, who moves to 3-0 in 2021, and 20-1 overall, running his winning streak to 19 to close out the show.

Official Result: Kamaru Usman def. Colby Covington by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)| Official Scorecards

Co-Main Event: Rose Namajunas vs Zhang Weili

Rose Namajunas cemented her standing as the top strawweight in the world, earning a split decision victory over Zhang Weili in Saturday’s co-main event to successfully defend her title.

The stellar combatants battled through a fight that was at times technical, at times tactical, and at times a little hectic, with each woman having moments where they were in clear control. Zhang attacked the lead leg with heavy leg kicks and showed improved wrestling in the first and third, while Namajunas did a good job of maintaining distance and controlling the grappling exchanges in the championship rounds.

Rose Namajunas Post-Fight Interview | UFC 268
Rose Namajunas Post-Fight Interview | UFC 268
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Namajunas moves to 4-0 in rematches and climbs to 11-4 in her career with the victory, handing Zhang a second straight defeat, dropping her record to 21-3 overall.

Official Result: Rose Namajunas def. Zhang Weili by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) | Official Scorecards

Frankie Edgar vs Marlon Vera

Marlon Vera announced himself as a Top 10 talent in the bantamweight division on Saturday night, flooring Frankie Edgar with a front kick to the chin late in the third round to secure the biggest win of his career.

Edgar controlled the first, spilling Vera to the canvas and keeping him there for the duration of the round, attacking with elbows from top position while weathering a couple heavy upkicks for his troubles. Vera started clawing back in the second, pressing forward and putting pressure on Edgar, the power difference between the two evident, and in the third, the promising Ecuadorian landed the finishing blow.

Marlon Vera Post-Fight Interview | UFC 268
Marlon Vera Post-Fight Interview | UFC 268
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Now 20-7 for his career, this was Vera’s 12th UFC victory and 10th UFC finish, while “The Answer” suffers his second straight stoppage loss and fourth setback in five fights.

Official Result: Marlon Vera def. Frankie Edgar by KO (front kick) at 3:50 of Round 3 | Official Scorecards

Shane Burgos vs Billy Quarantillo

Tasked with following Gaethje and Chandler into the Octagon, featherweights Shane Burgos and Billy Quarantillo did their absolute best, going toe-to-toe in a phone booth for 15 minutes, setting a new record for the most significant strikes landed in a three-round featherweight fight.

No quarter was asked, and none was given, as the New York State natives left it all in the Octagon, leaving it to the judges to decide.

Shane Burgos Post-Fight Interview | UFC 268
Shane Burgos Post-Fight Interview | UFC 268
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All three judges scored the fight in favor of Burgos, who snapped a two-fight skid and improved to 14-3 with the victory, while Quarantillo fell to 16-4 with the loss, but saw his profile climb after a thrilling, gutsy performance on Saturday night.

Official Result: Shane Burgos def. Billy Quarantillo by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) | Official Scorecards

Justin Gaethje vs Michael Chandler

Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler are built differently.

The lightweight contenders opened Saturday’s main card with one of the most hellacious opening rounds in UFC history, each man swinging hammers from start to finish, trading massive blows that left each man bruised, battered, and smiling like psychopaths after five minutes.

Justin Gaethje Octagon Interview | UFC 268: Usman vs Covington 2
Justin Gaethje Octagon Interview | UFC 268: Usman vs Covington 2
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Gaethje took charge in the second, battering Chandler’s lead leg and dropping the recent title challenger with an uppercut midway through the round, but somehow, the first-year UFC talent was able to weather the storm and claw his way back into the fight late in the round. They continued hitting each other with everything they had at their disposal in the third, somehow slugging it out to the final horn.

When the tens and nines were tallied, it was Gaethje that came away with the victory, pushing his record to 23-3 as he got back into the win column while handing Chandler his second straight loss.

Official Result: Justin Gaethje def. Michael Chandler by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) | Official Scorecards

UFC 268: Usman vs Covington 2 Prelims

Alex Pereira vs Andreas Michailidis

Alex Pereira closed out the prelims in spectacular fashion, flying through the air and flattening Andreas Michailidis with a jumping knee seconds into the second round to earn a highlight-reel finish in his promotional debut.

Alex Pereira Octagon Interview | UFC 268: Usman vs Covington 2
Alex Pereira Octagon Interview | UFC 268: Usman vs Covington 2
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Michailidis came out and did the right thing in the first, dragging Pereira to the canvas and grinding on him along the fence, looking to force the world champion kickboxer to grapple. While it was mission accomplished in the first, Pereira gave him no chance to replicate his efforts in the second, quickly elevating and connecting with a beautiful switch knee that dropped the Greek middleweight.

Highlight: Alex Pereira Delivers With TKO In UFC Debut | UFC 268
Highlight: Alex Pereira Delivers With TKO In UFC Debut | UFC 268
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There was a ton of hype behind Pereira heading into his debut, as the Brazilian holds a pair of victories over reigning middleweight champion Israel Adesanya from their kickboxing days, and “Poatan” did his part to validate his advanced billing, closing out the preliminary card with a dynamic finish and a sixth straight stoppage.

Official Result: Alex Pereira def. Andreas Michailidis by TKO (flying knee and punches) at 0:18 of Round 2

Al Iaquinta vs Bobby Green

Bobby Green used the opportunity to compete in one of the most famous arenas in the world to turn in the best performance of his UFC career, registering a first-round stoppage win over Al Iaquinta on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

From the outset, the veteran from California looked sharp and smooth, picking at the local favorite with clean punches as Iaquinta came forward. As the Long Island native looked to close in, Green stepped back and connected flush with a clean two-punch combo that put Iaquinta on the deck, sealing the deal with a series of unanswered blows on the canvas to collect the biggest win of his career.

Highlight: Bobby Green Knocks Out Al Iaquinta In The First Round | UFC 268
Highlight: Bobby Green Knocks Out Al Iaquinta In The First Round | UFC 268
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A fixture in the lightweight division for nearly a decade, the 35-year-old “King” snapped a two-fight skid with his 28th career win, handing Iaquinta a third straight loss in the process.

Official Result: Bobby Green def. Al Iaquinta by TKO (strikes) at 2:25 of Round 1 | Official Scorecards

Phil Hawes vs Chris Curtis

It took Chris Curtis 34 fights and a couple brief sabbaticals before reaching the UFC, but “Action Man” made the most if his debut opportunity, scoring a first-round stoppage victory over Phil Hawes, felling “Megatron” late in the opening frame to register one of the biggest upsets of the year.

Hawes was in complete control throughout the majority of the round, picking at Curtis from range with front kicks and precision strikes, threatening takedowns and looking like he was well on his way to another victory. But late in the first, Curtis connected with a counter left hand that instantly put Hawes on rubber legs. A knee to the body in the clinch sent Hawes tumbling to the canvas and gave Curtis his long-awaited, well-earned first UFC win.

Highlight: Chris Curtis Stuns Phil Hawes In The First Round | UFC 268
Highlight: Chris Curtis Stuns Phil Hawes In The First Round | UFC 268
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With the victory, the promotional newcomer moves to 27-8, while Hawes drops to 11-3 overall as his seven-fight winning streak comes to halt.

Official Result: Chris Curtis def. Phil Hawes by TKO (counter left) at 4:27 of Round 1 | Official Scorecards

Edmen Shahbazyan vs Nassourdine Imavov

In a battle of aspiring, young middleweights, Nassourdine Imavov delivered a standout performance, battering 11th-ranked Edmen Shahbazyan, finishing him late in the second round with elbows from the mounted crucifix position.

The 26-year-old, who trains out of the MMA Factory in Paris alongside interim heavyweight champion Ciryl Gane, showcased his full complement of skills, displaying sound takedown defence, crisp striking, and tremendous poise, working his way through multiple phases before transitioning to top position and unloading on Shahbazyan.

Highlight: Nassourdine Imavov Locks Up Second-Consecutive TKO Win | UFC 268
Highlight: Nassourdine Imavov Locks Up Second-Consecutive TKO Win | UFC 268
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Now 3-1 inside the Octagon and 11-3 overall, this was Imavov’s second straight second-round stoppage win and should elevate “The Sniper” into the Top 15 when the rankings update next week. After starting his career with 11 consecutive victories, Shahbazyan has now lost three straight to fall to 11-3. 

Official Result: Nassourdine Imavov def. Edmen Shahbazyan by TKO (elbows) at 4:42 of Round 2 | Official Scorecards

UFC 268: Usman vs Covington 2 Early Prelims

Ian Garry vs Jordan Williams

“The Future” has arrived!

It took Ian Garry nearly an entire round to get comfortable and find his timing, but late in the opening frame, the unbeaten Irish prospect stepped off and planted a straight right hand on the jaw of Jordan Williams, connecting with two quick follow-ups to secure the first-round stoppage win.

The former Cage Warriors champion took a few good shots early, but when he pulled the trigger, the Irishman delivered with a blistering right hand that set off the MSG audience.

Highlight: Ian Garry Notches First-Round TKO In UFC Debut | UFC 268
Highlight: Ian Garry Notches First-Round TKO In UFC Debut | UFC 268
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Now 8-0 in his professional career, the future is definitely bright for the promising newcomer, who dropped a few Conor McGregor quotes just a few moments after scoring the biggest win of his career in the same building where “The Notorious” one made history at UFC 205.

Official Result: Ian Garry def. Jordan Williams by KO (right hand) at 4:59 of Round 1 | Official Scorecards

Gian Villante vs Chris Barnett

Chris Barnett blew the roof off of Madison Square Garden on Saturday night, putting Gian Villante on the deck with a spinning wheel kick to the head, swarming the New Yorker with unanswered strikes to earn the finish midway through the second round.

The duo traded kicks at range throughout the opening five minutes and seemed poised to do the same early in the second, until Barnett pivoted, spun, and connected, capping the performance with a celebratory flip. Given the chance to speak with Joe Rogan following the victory, Barnett called on the MSG audience to give it up for the retiring Villante before breaking out a celebratory dance before exiting the Octagon.

Highlight: Chris Barnett Gets Jaw-Dropping First Win Inside Octagon | UFC 268
Highlight: Chris Barnett Gets Jaw-Dropping First Win Inside Octagon | UFC 268
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Just a terrific performance in the cage and on the mic from “Beast Boy” as he secures his first UFC victory.

Official Result: Chris Barnett def. Gian Villante by TKO (spinning wheel kick) at 2:23 of Round 2 | Official Scorecards

Dustin Jacoby vs John Allan

This was a straight kickboxing match from start to finish, with each man happy to stand in the pocket and throw strikes, with the more technical, more experienced Jacoby coming away with the unanimous decision victory.

Since returning to the Octagon following a successful appearance on Dana White’s Contender Series last summer, Jacoby has gone unbeaten in five fights, earning his second straight win after opening the year with a split draw against Ion Cutelaba. With the win, “The Hanyak” moves to 16-5-1 overall, while Allan suffers his second straight loss, falling to 13-7 overall.

Dustin Jacoby Post-Fight Interview | UFC 268
Dustin Jacoby Post-Fight Interview | UFC 268
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While he didn’t get the finish he would have preferred, this was a terrific showing for Jacoby, who pushed his overall unbeaten streak to seven in this short-notice assignment.

Official Result: Dustin Jacoby def. John Allan by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) | Official Scorecards

Melsik Baghdasaryan vs Bruno Souza

It was kickboxing versus karate, “The Gun” versus “Tiger” in this featherweight affair, with each man opening with kicks from range, trying to get a read on their opponent, find their distance, and get their timing down through the opening 90 seconds.

Baghdasaryan tried to press forward and close the distance, but Souza continually circled out laterally, avoiding getting stuck on the fence. Baghdasaryan continued attacking the lead leg, causing redness on the thigh of Souza, who opted to change levels and search for a takedown, staying tough in the clinch when Baghdasaryan was able to stay upright.

Back in space with a minute remaining in the round, Baghdasaryan got back on his pressure game, offering a spinning back kick that was blocked and staying after Souza through the end of the opening stanza.

Souza stuck Baghdasaryan with a right hand to begin the second, but then it was right back to the same tactics as the first, with “The Gun” working forward, pressuring the Brazilian newcomer. The big Octagon and the lack of experience gave Baghdasaryan trouble cutting off the cage and keeping Souza hemmed in, resulting in jeers from the MSG crowd, who hoped to see a little more action.

Baghdasaryan continued investing in kicks to the lead leg, buckling Souza a little just passed the midway point of the round, with Souza showing a little more activity, but continuing to be on the receiving end of the best connections in the frame. Souza started getting after it in the final minute of the round, only for Baghdasaryan to respond with a good combination in tight, backing Souza off and sending this one to a third round.

Melsik Baghdasaryan Post-Fight Interview | UFC 268
Melsik Baghdasaryan Post-Fight Interview | UFC 268
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Souza came out looking to be the aggressor to start the third, listening to the direction of his chief corner, Chad George. Souza’s timing and off-tempo entries seemed to slow Baghdasaryan, who struggled to get off strikes of his own and find a home for the shots he threw, with the Brazilian having a much better showing through the opening half of the final round.

Baghdasaryan stuck Souza with a good right hand as he looked to close the distance, doing a good job to limp leg out of a takedown attempt, with the duo returning to space and the point karate style that highlighted much of this contest.

The fans weren’t happy when the final horn sounded, but Baghdasaryan was happy when the scores were read, as “The Gun” secured his second UFC victory, earning the nod on all three scorecards.

Official Result: Melsik Baghdasaryan def. Bruno Souza by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) | Official Scorecards

CJ Vergara vs Ode' Osbourne

The flyweights got right into the pocket to start this one, feinting and feeling each other out in tight, with Osbourne leading the dance early, showing incredible speed with his hands and overall movement. Vergara tried to press forward and found a home for his check left hook a couple of times, settling in and doing a better job of reading Osbourne’s timing as the round progressed.

With roughly 90 seconds remaining in the round, Osbourne changed levels and snatched up a single leg, but Vergara did a very good job of maintaining his balance, getting to the fence, and avoiding the takedown. That defence seemed to spur Vergara on, as he closed out the round pressing forward, throwing his hands a little more and mixing in a high kick through to the horn.

Vergara remained more active to start the second, doing a better job of using range-finders and defending another level change, only to get stuck with a couple sharp counters by Osbourne. Each time Vergara fired and missed, Osbourne made him pay, connecting with shorter, tighter punches causing Vergara to bleed from his nose, which seemed to both the UFC newcomer.

Ode' Osbourne Post-Fight Interview | UFC 268
Ode' Osbourne Post-Fight Interview | UFC 268
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Osbourne’s pace and output slowed from the first round, but “The Jamaican Sensation” continued doing a good job picking his spots, while Vergara remained aggressive, throwing more to the body before attacking with a high kick. Osbourne caught the kick and dumped Vergara to the canvas, climbing on his back and landing a few short punches to close out the round.

The flyweights came out swinging to begin the final round, with Vergara wading into the fire in order to land shots, taking the best Osbourne had to offer while scoring with several good shots of his own, including a heavy knee to the midsection. Osbourne was clearly impacted by the pressure and looked to wrestle, but the shot was stuffed easily, with Vergara happily working from the clinch with knees and continuing to pressure.

Midway through the frame, the duo tumbled to the canvas and Vergara landed in top position inside Osbourne’s guard. While he tried to posture up and land, Osbourne did a good job tying him up and avoiding punishment, closing his guard for long stretches. With a minute remaining, Vergara connected with a collection of heavy elbows, prompting Osbourne to look to scramble to his feet, with Vergara keeping him pinned to the canvas, closing out the round firing off a series of short punches, closing out the contest in control.

This was the action-packed start most expected, with Vergara getting stronger as the fight progressed, with the outcome being left in the hands of the three officials at Octagonside. When the totals were tallied, all three judges saw the fight the same way, awarding Osbourne the unanimous decision victory on the strength of his efforts over the first two rounds.

Official Result: Ode’ Osbourne def. CJ Vergara by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)