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After sharing the Octagon for nearly 10 full rounds across two fights, Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington finally shared a hug and admitted a level of mutual respect. That moment came after the main event of UFC on Saturday night, a fight where Usman retained the welterweight championship with a unanimous decision win inside New York City's Madison Square Garden. The rematch didn't have the same torrid pace as the first meeting between the two in December That fight saw the men combine for more than ificant strikes landed before Usman scored a TKO late in the fifth round.
This go-round, both men showed respect for the other man's power, picking and choosing when to engage with strikes. Covington even chose to mix wrestling into his attack, trying to give Usman different looks and concerns. Usman was perfect in his takedown defense coming into the fight, having defended 20 of 20 attempted takedowns in his UFC career. Covington still used the threat to open up new attacking lanes, even as Usman actually won the wrestling exchanges with Covington failing on all 11 of his takedown attempts.
The biggest moment of the fight came in the second round when Usman dropped Covington twice with right hands near the end of the round. Can't get enough boxing and MMA? Get the latest in the world of combat sports from two of the best in the business. Despite having clearly been hurt 90 seconds earlier, Covington came out for the third round and continued to be dangerous with effective body kicks and combination punching that kept Usman from fully unloading. Those body kicks paid off in the fourth round, with Usman appearing to have been hurt when one landed solidly.
With the fight hanging in the balance entering the final round, Usman was able to lean on his sharp jab to control the action and separate him in the championship rounds. Ultimately, Usman had done enough after five rounds to earn the nod on the judges' scorecards, winning by scores ofand After the final horn sounded, Usman and Covington hugged with Covington appearing to admit that his trash talk was just a matter of helping the fight do better business before the fighters acknowledged their mutual respect.
But he's a tough son of a b I mean, when you share an octagon with someone this tough, you can't help it. That respect is going to come.
He hit me with some shots and I could tell they've been working on it. The power came up a little bit and I could tell they had been working on it. I had to give him that respect. Covington, a notorious character who throws as many verbal barbs as punches, took the loss in stride. He had the better night. That's not all, however.
Women's strawweight champion Rose Namajunas took home a split decision over Weili Zhang in their rematch from April to retain the title. Namajunas is now not only the first two-time women's champion in promotional history, but also the first to successfully defend the title at least once in both reigns.
Gaethje earned the decision after bloodying and dropping Chandler multiple times in the fight, but he also took his fair share of damage throughout the contest. Gaethje is likely to get the winner of Charles Oliveira vs. Dustin Poirier next for the lightweight title. Whelp UFC did not disappoint! Thank you to all of the warriors who fought their hearts out tonight! Keep doing your thing my friend! Great fight fellas!!!! The respect at the end, it's always a good thing to see! Official result: Kamaru Usman def. Colby Covington via unanimous decision, to retain the UFC welterweight championship.
The action d and Covington threw a few body kicks that missed and Usman launched a big head kick that was blocked. The two men share a hug after the fight and seem to have made peace. Covington landed an elbow on the brek. Usman with an eye poke in the final minute and the action breaks for Covington to recover. Usman landed a body punch and then went right back to popping out his jab. Usman slipped moving out of the way of a head kick and Covington charged in to initiate a clinch against the cage. Covington shot for the takedown and Usman sprawled out to defend. Usman continued to fire out the jab and then let a right hand go behind it.
Usman missed with a head kick and threw a right hand only for Covington to return fire with two punches. Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington -- Round 5: Covington landed a hard left hand early. Usman landed a punch to the body and a heavy jab that backed up Covington. Usman then cracked with a right hand and Covington hit a big uppercut before shooting in. Covington pinned Usman against the cage for a bit before a few elbows on the break.
Good round for Covington. Unofficial scorecard: Covington Usman. Usman landed a heavy left hand and a follow-up right. Covington with a heavy body kick that seemed to hurt Usman and forced Usman to throw wild punches. Covington landed a few more good punches as he put together his best round of the fight before shooting for a takedown. Covington lands a few big shots in a flurry. Usman worked back to his jab and a few right hands, buzzing Covington.
Usman landed a solid punch to the body as well, continuing to mix those punches into his attack. Colby Covington -- Round 4: Usman works the jab early and Covington lands a good right hand.
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Kamaru Usman bests Colby Covington again in close decision at UFC