Taking main event status in the promotion’s return to Madison Square Garden for the first time since November 2019, bad-blooded welterweight title rematch between reigning gold holder, Kamaru Usman and the former interim titleholder, #1 ranked contender, Colby Covington.
Attempting to score a second career victory over Clovis native, Covington, Usman also looks to add to his four consecutive title defenses against his rival, following an April knockout stoppage over two-time title challenger, Jorge Masvidal.
For Covington, the outspoken top-contender last featured in September of last year in the headlining bout of UFC Vegas 11 where he secured a fifth round TKO victory over common-opposition, former undisputed champion, Tyron Woodley who suffered a fifth round rib injury.
In the first of our championship doubleheader, strawweight gold is on the line between current queen and two-time champion, Rose Namajunas and former champion, the #1 ranked, Zhang Weili — with the pair meeting once again following an April showdown.
Co-headlining UFC 261 on that occasion, Weili suffered a first round high kick knockout loss to Namajunas — who became the first two-time strawweight champion in the history of the organization.
UFC 268 Results: Usman vs. Covington 2
Main Card: (ESPN+ PPV 10 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Kamaru Usman (c) def. Colby Covington via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-47, 49-46)
Strawweight: Rose Namajunas (c) def. Zhang Weili via split decision (49-48, 48-49, 49-46)
Bantamweight: Marlon Vera def. Frankie Edgar via third round (3:50) TKO (front kick)
Featherweight: Shane Burgos def. Billy Quarantillo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Lightweight: Justin Gaethje def. Michael Chandler via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Preliminary Card: (ESPNews/ESPN+ 8 p.m. ET)
Middleweight: Alex Pereira def. Andreas Michailidis via second round (0:18) TKO (flying knee and strikes)
Lightweight: Bobby Green def. Al Iaquinta via first round (2:25) TKO (strikes)
Middleweight: Chris Curtis def. Phil Hawes via first round (4:27) KO (punches)
Middleweight: Nassourdine Imavov def. Edmen Shahbazyan via second round (4:42) TKO (ground elbows)
Early Preliminary Card: (ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass 6 p.m. ET)
Welterweight: Ian Garry def. Jordan Williams via first round (4:59) KO (punches)
Heavyweight: Chris Barnett def. Gian Villante via second round (2:23) TKO (spinning wheel kick and strikes)
Light Heavyweight: Dustin Jacoby def. John Allan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Catchweight (148.4lbs): Melsik Baghdasaryan def. Bruno Souza via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Catchweight (127.4lbs): Ode’ Osbourne def. C.J. Vergara via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)