UFC 268 concluded at Madison Square Garden in New York with Justin Gaethje beating Michael Chandler by unanimous decision and Kamaru Usman defeating Colby Covington, also by unanimous decision to retain his welterweight title.
Justin Gaethje victorious in main card
Justin Gaethje beat Michael Chandler by unanimous decision, scoring 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.
The fight could quite possibly be the best fight so far of the year, with both fighters coming out of the blocks swinging and landing some heavy hits throughout.
The electric pace at which the fight was fought never subsided throughout, with Chandler having the edge earlier on, landing some clean shots on his opponent.
But from then on, the tide of the fight was firmly in Gaethje’s favor, dropping Chandler halfway through the second round with a neat uppercut from the right, sending Chandler into the floors.
Chandler then lunged towards Gaethje to bring the fight onto the ground, but the latter managed to get out and forced the fight back on their feet.
Gaethje kept the barrage going, battering Chandler’s leading leg with some hard kicks and the latter’s face was bloodied as the fight neared the conclusion.
The fight ended and Gaethje was declared the victor.
Gaethje then called for a shot at the title against the winner of the UFC Lightweight title fight bout between Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira.
Kamaru Usman retains welterweight title
Nigerian pound for pound champion Kamaru Usman retained his UFC welterweight title with a convincing victory over his rival Colby Covington.
Covington started the fight wildly flinging punches and kicks but failed to connect most of them, with Usman having the upperhand as the Nigerian landed some brutal body shots and securing 2 knockdowns in the first few rounds.
Covington suffered a cut under his eye following a head clash between the two, as he fought back with some machine-gun like punches throughout.
He gave everything he had in the last two rounds and tried to wrestle Usman onto the floor but found the Nigerian impenetrable.
Usman ultimately won the bout, scoring 48-47, 48-47 and 49-46
And Still 👊🏿🌍🤴🏿 pic.twitter.com/VlXzWQAzio— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) November 7, 2021
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