Venue: Madison Square Garden, City: New York City, New York, Date: Saturday, November 6, 2021
UFC 268: Usman vs. Covington 2 is an upcoming mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that will take place on November 6, 2021 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, United States.
A UFC Welterweight Championship rematch between the current champion Kamaru Usman (also The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians welterweight winner) and former interim champion Colby Covington is scheduled for the event. Serving as the event headliner, they previously met at UFC 245 in December 2019, where Usman defended his title via fifth-round technical knockout.
A UFC Women's Strawweight Championship rematch between current two-time champion Rose Namajunas and former champion Zhang Weili is expected take place as the co-main event. They previously met at UFC 261, where Namajunas won the title via first-round knockout.
A women’s bantamweight bout between former UFC Women's Featherweight Champion Germaine de Randamie and Irene Aldana was expected to take place at the event. However, de Randamie withdrew in early September due to injury.
A middleweight bout between former Strikeforce and UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold and Sean Strickland was expected to take place at the event. However on October 11, Rockhold withdrew due to a herniated disc. It is unknown if a replacement will be sought or the matchup postponed.
Phil Hawes and Chris Curtis were expected to meet in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night: Dern vs. Rodriguez a month earlier, but due to Curtis being tapped as a replacement just a day before that event, Hawes declined the matchup. They are now expected to meet at this event.
A featherweight between Melsik Baghdasaryan and T.J. Laramie was scheduled for the event. However, Laramie was forced to pull out due to diagnosed with MRSA. He was replaced by LFA Featherweight Champion Bruno Souza in his promotional debut.
UFC 268:— RALPH Chidozie George (@ralphcgeorge) November 7, 2021
The judges scored the contest 48-47, 48-47, 49-46 for the winner and still undisputed @UFC welterweight champion of the world, @USMAN84kg
That's five title defences in a row for The Nigerian Nightmare. pic.twitter.com/xm9cDG9H1l
Official Fight Card
|Welterweight||Kamaru Usman (c)||def.||Colby Covington||Decision (unanimous) (48–47, 48–47, 49–46)||5||5:00|
|Women's Strawweight||Rose Namajunas (c)||def.||Zhang Weili||Decision (split) (47–48, 48–47, 49–46)||5||5:00|
|Bantamweight||Marlon Vera||def.||Frankie Edgar||KO (front kick)||3||3:50|
|Featherweight||Shane Burgos||def.||Billy Quarantillo||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Justin Gaethje||def.||Michael Chandler||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary card (ESPNews / ESPN+)|
|Middleweight||Alex Pereira||def.||Andreas Michailidis||TKO (flying knee and punches)||2||0:18|
|Lightweight||Bobby Green||def.||Al Iaquinta||TKO (punches)||1||2:25|
|Middleweight||Chris Curtis||def.||Phil Hawes||TKO (punches)||1||4:27|
|Middleweight||Nassourdine Imavov||def.||Edmen Shahbazyan||TKO (elbows)||2||4:42|
|Early preliminary card (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)|
|Welterweight||Ian Garry||def.||Jordan Williams||KO (punches)||1||4:59|
|Heavyweight||Chris Barnett||def.||Gian Villante||TKO (spinning wheel kick and punches)||2||2:23|
|Light Heavyweight||Dustin Jacoby||def.||John Allan||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Catchweight (148.4 lb)||Melsik Baghdasaryan||def.||Bruno Souza||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Catchweight (127.4 lb)||Ode' Osbourne||def.||CJ Vergara||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
UFC 268 RESULTS
- Kamaru Usman def. Colby Covington via unanimous decision.
- Rose Namajunas def. Zhang Weili via split decision.
- Marlon Vera def. Frankie Edgar via KO (front kick) – Round 3, 3:50.
- Shane Burgos def. Billy Quarantillo via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
- Justin Gaethje def. Michael Chandler via unanimous decision.
- Alex Pereira def. Andreas Michailidis via second-round TKO (0:18).
- Bobby Green def. Al Iaquinta via first-round TKO (2:25) .
- Chris Curtis def. Phil Hawes via first-round KO (4:27).
Nassourdine Imavov def. Edmen Shahbazyan via second-round TKO (4:42).
- Ian Garry def. Jordan Williams via first-round KO (4:59).
- Chris Barnett def. Gian Villante via second-round TKO (2:23).
- Dustin Jacoby def. John Allan via unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27).
- Melsik Baghdasaryan def. Bruno Souza via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
- Ode Osbourne def. Carlos Vergara via unanimous decision (29-28 x3).
*Fights labeled as "may not be broadcast" are scheduled to take place before the live broadcast begins. These pre-recorded fights are inserted into the broadcast if time permits. However, due to broadcast time constraints some of these undercard bouts may not be seen on a broadcast. These additional bout can be found as bonus footage on the event DVD.