“Can’t Throw the Right Kick Anymore”- Colby Covington Says He Suffered a Hairline Fracture During Kamaru Usman Fight

Published 11/23/2021, 1:12 PM EST
NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington is introduced prior to his welterweight bout against Robbie Lawler during the UFC Fight Night event at the Prudential Center on August 3, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman went to war against each other in the main event of UFC 268. The welterweight gold was on the line, and both the combatants refused to give up.

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However, after a five-round gruesome war, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ came out victorious and successfully defended his UFC gold strap. During the second round of the bout, Covington suffered a leg injury while landing a low kick, which he confirmed in the post-fight press conference. However, ‘Chaos’ took the fight to the end with the swollen right leg.

Recently, Covington appeared in an interview with Submission Radio. During the interview, the Californian gave an update on the aforementioned injury. He said, “The doctor was saying that there’s probably like a little hairline fracture in the top.”

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“He said it’s like a three or four-week recovery. It’s been two weeks. So I am barely limping on it still. It’s pretty much good now, you know. So I mean, another week or two for sure it’s good. But it wasn’t a bit of a serious problem, it just kind of swelled up in the fight.”

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“You know, I threw a low kick, and it landed on his knee like in the second round. And I felt it swell up right away, I was like Oh okay can’t throw the right kick anymore got to go to the left kick, and just use other tools. So that kind of limited my skill set. You know, I was compromised in that fight and that’s what I still was able to do: win three rounds to two.” 

This was his second defeat at the hands of the Nigerian champion. Previously, the two men crossed paths at UFC 245.

Colby Covington: Quest for the Welterweight Gold

‘Chaos’ became the interim welterweight champion of UFC by defeating Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225. He unified the interim belt to face Kamaru Usman at UFC 245. However, the latter knocked out Covington in the fifth round of the bout.

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington celebrates his victory over Robbie Lawler in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Prudential Center on August 3, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Interestingly, ‘Chaos’ quickly bounced back into the win column by defeating Tyron Woodley and earned his shot at the title again. Unfortunately, the California native faced the same fate in the rematch at UFC 268.

However, the dream to lay his hands on the welterweight gold is still not over for Covington. In the post-fight interview of UFC 268, he claimed to map his way back to the title by defeating his friend turned foe Jorge Masvidal.

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Meanwhile, ‘Gamebred’ was about to clash against Leon Edwards at UFC 269 but later pulled out of the fight due to an undisclosed injury. Subsequently, the Brit fighter was left with no partner to dance with inside the UFC cage.

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So, considering his nine-fight undefeated run in the division, Edwards is the most viable prospect for a shot at the title next. This left Covington out of the title picture. Hence, he will have to win some more bouts and wait for his turn to achieve his dream of becoming the 170lbs champion.

What are your thoughts on Covington’s injury? Let us know in the comments.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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