UFC 268: Usman vs Covington 2 took place on Saturday night in front of 20,715 spectators at Madison Square Garden in New York. The event featured a stacked main card, including two title defenses from Monster Energy athletes Usman and Namajunas.
In the main event fight, Kamaru Usman earned a unanimous decision victory in the rematch against American Colby Covington. In the women’s strawweight division, Monster Energy’s Rose Namajunas retained her championship belt against former champion Weili Zhang from China in the closely contested fight to earn a split decision victory. The epic showdown between Monster Energy fighters Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler earned the UFC’s Fight of the Night bonus. Their teammate, 28-year-old Marlon Vera from Ecuador received a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his thundering head kick knockout win against Frankie Edgar.
UFC 268: Monster Made Kamaru Usman Dominates Colby Covington
In the night’s main event, newly minted Monster Energy team athlete Kamaru Usman (20-1) revisited his long-time rivalry with Colby Covington. Usman initially faced Covington (16-3) in his first title defense at UFC 245 in December 2019, ending the fight by TKO in Round 5 to claim the record for the latest stoppage in welterweight division history.