“He Wanted His Corner to Save Him” – Kamaru Usman Reveals What Colby Covington Did After His Jaw Broke

Published 11/04/2021, 10:32 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman poses on stage during the UFC 245 press conference at the Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden on November 1, 2019 in New York, New York. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington will settle their differences inside the octagon at UFC 268. This is a rematch of their fight at UFC 245, where Usman came out on top. He won the fight via TKO in the fifth round.

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The UFC welterweight title fight between the two was of epic proportions. Both fighters were going in for the kill, and it was a proper slugfest. Both hit each other with some clean and hard strikes and put on a show for the fans. However, during the fight, there was an instance that is still being talked about. After the third round, Covington said to his corner that his jaw might be broken.

However, in the lead-up to the current fight, he has denied that his jaw was broken in the first fight. However, Usman believes, him verbally saying it meant that Covington wanted his corner to stop the fight. In a recent interview, he said, “He goes to his corner and you tell your corner, I think I broke my jaw. You do that because you want out. If you know there’s something wrong, as a fighter, you keep it to yourself. We’ve all gone into fights, all hurt and stuff has happened in the fight.

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“He went and verbalized it to his corner because he wanted his corner to save him, to stop the fight. He wanted his corner to say, ok his jaw’s broken, we got to pull out. But they didn’t, and he had to keep fighting until the fifth round, where I put him away,” he added.

Covington, however, has denied it repeatedly.

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Colby Covington states that nothing was broken

Colby Covington has denied the fact that his jaw was ever broken, blaming trolls for spreading fake news. In an interview with ESPN MMA, he cleared the air on the entire issue.

“The reason the whole internet thing came up is because someone went up and took an image off Google. They put my name on it, Colby Covington. And first off, if you ever see an x-ray film, it will never read your name straight across, it will look backward. They photoshopped the image. It was just a bad Photoshop, and that’s just the trolls.”

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“Nothing was broken,” Covington reiterated. “The only thing that was broken was Marty’s pride that night because he doesn’t want to run this back in round two and he got forced to. November 6, I’m going to take everything he’s worked for his whole entire life, and he’s going to have nothing left to show for it.”

The jaw was broken or not is something that is debatable, but one thing is guaranteed, the rematch at UFC 268 is going to be epic.

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What do you think of the broken jaw issue? Do you think Usman is right? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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