Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington will meet again in a rematch of their 2019 battle when they meet again for Usman’s welterweight championship at UFC 268 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The first time they met, Usman and Covington engaged in an outright war that ended when Usman stopped Covington in the fifth round. But their rivalry has not diminished and the two will meet again in emotional moments as they try to prove who is the better fighter.
Since beating Covington, Usman has risen to the top of the UFC’s pound-for-pound list with a 14-game winning streak. He is coming off a brutal knockout of Jorge Masvidal in April and appears to have plans to do the same with Covington on November 6.
Covington has only fought once since their first meeting and beat Tyron Woodley in the fifth round last September.
Will Covington retaliate or will Usman demonstrate his dominance, end their rivalry, and continue his journey to become the greatest welterweight of all time?
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UFC 268 odds for Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington 2
- Kamaru Usman: -300
- Colby Covington: +245
Kamaru Usman enters the fight as the favorite at -300, which means it would take a $ 300 bet to see a $ 100 profit if he were to successfully defend his title. Covington comes in as a loser at +245, which means that a $ 100 bet would return a $ 245 profit if Covington can avenge his loss.
Usman vs. Covington 2 prediction
The first time Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington got together, they put on a surprising, record-breaking display. It was a surprising effort coming from two fighters known for their fight, but a close fight ended with Usman breaking Covington’s jaw and eliminating him in the final round.
Usman has shown marked improvements since then, suggesting that the end result may be the same, if not sooner.
Before Covington’s knockout, Usman had only finished with two of his first ten UFC opponents. He has now finished three of his last four, including Covington, Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns. And these are not questionable endings, these have not been doubts by Usman, who continues to show a marked improvement in his hitting. To further complicate matters for Covington, he faces a man who has never been defeated in his UFC career. And that means this fight will take place where Usman wants it. And if it’s a standing affair, that doesn’t bode well for Covington, who isn’t a great power forward to begin with.
Covington relies heavily on cardio, wrestling, and volume to overwhelm his opponents. Those are three things he’s really good at, but the problem is, none of those things seem to bother Usman. To get his attention, a fighter will have to hurt Usman to get him out of his game. Gilbert Burns called him briefly, but he was eventually stopped. Masvidal was thought to be the man with the surprising prowess to take down The Nigeria Nightmare and was overpowered the first time around and brutally knocked out in the rematch. It takes a special person to deal with Usman and Covington does not appear to be that person.
Usman to win at -300 doesn’t present great value, but Usman by (T) KO at +155 is where you will get the most bang for your buck. It will be up to Covington to stay upright for 25 minutes and avoid an opponent who already knocked him out once and plans to do so again. If Covington can’t take this fight to the canvas, he’ll find himself on the wrong side of a knockout at some point in the fight.
Sports News Prediction: Kamaru Usman via (T) KO (+155)