The Pro Take: Kamaru Usman Earns a Hard-Fought Victory to Defend Championship at UFC 268

Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington, UFC 268
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 06: (R-L) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria battles Colby Covington during the UFC 268 event at Madison Square Garden on November 06, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC)

The feeling and vibe that surrounded UFC 268 was best described as electric. Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington 2 was a highly anticipated rematch that was a fitting fight to be held under the roof of a classic venue like Madison Square Garden.

When you add a fight that featured a bitter rivalry like Usman vs. Covington, it just makes a pay-per-view that much more extraordinary. Real heat, more often than not, leads to an intense fight inside the cage.

Colby Covington has waited patiently for another shot at welterweight gold since he dominated former welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. Colby had come the closest of any challenger to beating Usman in their 2019 meeting, and with another shot at the current champ, he hoped that UFC 268 was his time to tie the rivalry up at one apiece.

Kamaru Usman has been dominant as the welterweight champion. Each fight with his belt on the line, he had shown a better version of himself. Usman appeared well on his way to cementing a legacy as one of the greatest welterweights of all time.  A win over Colby Covington would end the chapter against the only man to come close in many people’s eyes to dethroning him.

Kamaru Usman’s perfect jab once again made an appearance, setting up powerful shots on Colby Covington. The fight got closer as the rounds went on, leaving fight fans on the edge of their seats. Colby gave the champ everything he had and showed just how durable he really is, but it was Kamaru Usman gaining the unanimous decision victory. It was, once again, a thrilling display from two of the best welterweights in the world today. And it was nice to see the respect shown between two of the biggest rivals in the fight game today, when all was said and done.


Here is how the pros reacted to the UFC 268 main event.