The Only Time Colby Covington Has Been Knocked Out in His MMA Career

Published 09/28/2021, 5:54 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 14: (R-L) Kamaru Usman of Nigeria butts heads with Colby Covington in their UFC welterweight championship bout 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


Colby Covington, the #1 UFC welterweight contender, is one of the finest fighters in the UFC right now. Apart from his skill, he is also recognized as one of the most hated fighters in the UFC because of his trash talk.

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‘Chaos’ currently boasts a fantastic 16-2 MMA track record. He has defeated almost every fighter he has encountered in the octagon and is quite deadly as a fighter. In 18 professional fights, ‘Chaos’ has only been knocked out once. This came at the hands of “The Nigerian Nightmare” Kamaru Usman at UFC 245.

Kamaru Usman was the first fighter to knock Colby Covington out

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Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman last fought at UFC 245 in December 2019. After some heated exchanges in the build-up to their bout, the champ walked away with the bragging rights as he finished Covington in the final round and defended the UFC welterweight championship.

Covington reportedly suffered a broken jaw in the third round of the fight, and things went downhill for him from there. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ dominated the fight, and Covington, despite his injury, held his own till the final minute.

After the fight, Covington wasn’t very pleased with the loss and blamed referee Marc Goddard for the same. He believed that it was an unfair stoppage. Nevertheless, as the result was official, this was the first time in 8 fights that Covington had lost a bout. Furthermore, it was the first time he got knocked out.

Their upcoming rematch at UFC 268

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Colby Covington will have another opportunity to win UFC gold later this year. In a rematch at UFC 268, he will face current 170-pound champion, Kamaru Usman. The fight is scheduled for November 6 at Madison Square Garden, New York City.

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Since his initial encounter with Kamaru Usman, ‘Chaos’ has only fought once. In September 2020, he defeated Tyron Woodley by TKO. On the other hand, Kamaru Usman made three more successful title defenses after UFC 245. He beat Gilbert Burns at UFC 258 and Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 and 261.

The fans are well aware of both combatants’ animosity for one another and they expect to see some serious violence. Covington will seek vengeance at UFC 268 after losing to ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ in their previous fight. Also, Usman will seek a third consecutive T/KO and look to hand ‘Chaos’ his second knockout defeat.

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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 to the game.

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