Francis Ngannou and Other UFC Fans React on Twitter as Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington Put on a Five Round Show

Published 11/07/2021, 1:57 AM EDT


UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman retained his undisputed title against Colby Covington in the main event for UFC 268. The fight was a five-round war right from the get-go, and both men put it all on the line. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ finally managed to win out the grudge match and his rivalry with ‘Chaos’ Covington appears to be in the rearview mirror.

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The initial round were all about the undisputed champion who managed to put on a sustained pace on Covington. Colby Covington appeared tentative in the early goings and was dropped to the canvas twice in the second round. Usman stayed behind his jab and found success, almost managing to earn a TKO over his rival.

However, Covington managed to bounce back with some well-timed grappling exchanges up in close range. Furthermore, he began to let his hands go and started finding Kamaru Usman’s chin rather regularly. The D-1 All-American out of Oregon state certainly found the most amount of success in the fourth round and the momentum was on his side.

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In the final round of the contest, Usman put his championship mettle on display and rallied to win over the judges. However, some fans on social media began chirping about a possible sleight for Covington who was competitive throughout the championship rounds.

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Both men seemingly buried the hatchet after their five-round classic and it’s more than likely that they will meet again on the championship level. As it stands, the MMA community would agree that Usman and Covington are the two best welterweights on the planet.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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