Kamaru Usman Says He Will Perform a Systematic Dissection on Colby Covington

Published 11/01/2021, 4:13 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria enters the octagon during the UFC 245 event at T-Mobile Arena on December 14, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The welterweight division is one of the most competitive divisions in the UFC, comprising the most dominant fighters to have ever graced the octagon. One of these dominant fighters is the current welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman. Ever since he made his way into the UFC, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has been unstoppable.  

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‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ still remains unbeaten in his UFC career. He has completely crushed everyone he has ever faced in the octagon. Usman rarely faced adversity on his rise to the top. However, Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington really gave the champion a run for his money.

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When they last fought at UFC 245, Kamaru won by a technical knockout in what was an incredibly close and competitive battle. It was undoubtedly one of Usman’s most difficult.

The duo will square once again off at the upcoming UFC 268 for the UFC welterweight championship. The UFC’s official YouTube channel recently posted a countdown video for the upcoming UFC event at Madison Square Garden. In the video, champion Kamaru Usman asserted his confidence in his forthcoming rematch with Covington.

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ said, “I expect the rematch to be whatever I make it. If feel like I wanna be systematic and dissect him and get him out of there early, I will do that. But if I feel like getting to the scrap, I might do that as well.

Hence, the champion is confident that he will be the one in charge of the fight at UFC 268.

Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington 2: Prediction

The last time Colby Covington faced off against Kamaru Usman was about two years ago at UFC 245. In December 2019, ‘Chaos’ accused the referee of an early stoppage as he was still able to fight.

Although the first was pretty even the last time around, Usman still had the upper hand between the two and was the favorite for the decision.

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Ever since their fight at UFC 245, Usman has defended his title three times, whereas Colby has fought only once.

‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ seemed very sharp in his title defenses and beat the likes of top contenders- Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns. Owing to his current form and Colby’s inactivity, Usman has a slight advantage in the upcoming fight.

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The fight is more likely to go the distance this time as well because both fighters are close to each other in their ability.

What do you make of Kamaru Usman’s chilling words ahead of UFC 268?

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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