Judges needed to get involved for Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington 2, but the belt remained around Usman’s waist in the headliner of UFC 268.
Usman took home scores of 48-47 twice and 49-46 by outstriking Covington early and holding on as the former interim champ wobbled him in the fourth round. It was Usman’s fifth title defense.
In the co-headliner of Saturday’s fight card at Madison Square Garden, champ Rose Namajunas picked up her second win over Zhang Weili to overcome her second major challenge in the strawweight division.
Here’s what fighters had to say about the UFC 268 main card.
Great work tonight champ— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 7, 2021
Usman just passed GSP ♂️— Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq) November 7, 2021
Awesome main event between two tough SOB’s! Usman is one hell of a champion and Colby was right there with him.— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) November 7, 2021
Big fight experience and good decisions matter big time. Rose should win a close decision here 3 rounds to 2. But #mma judges make things tricky sometimes. ♂️ Let’s see how the math adds up.— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) November 7, 2021
This was close…. Did Weili take it 3-2 or did Rose pull it off there? Idk man!! #UFC268— Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) November 7, 2021
And the beat goes on….these women continue the theme of the night with an awesome display of heart…what a fight by two amazing warriors! #UFC268— John Wayne Makdessi (@JohnMakdessi) November 7, 2021
Damn 4 rounds for Rose ♂️ ♂️ ♂️ where do they find some of these judges.— Funky (@Benaskren) November 7, 2021
Judge that scored 4-1 should be fired— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) November 7, 2021
Now apologize for the finger— Sodiq Yusuff (@Super_Sodiq) November 7, 2021
Damn gotta feel for Frankie there. Fighting the perfect fight up until then— Brian BOOM Kelleher (@brianboom135) November 7, 2021
Chito seemed so humble only a few fights ago…! #UFC268— Damien Brown (@beatdown155) November 7, 2021
Shane Burgos def. Billy Quarantillo
Those two deserve a huge bonus even if they won’t get fotn!— Matt Brown (@IamTheImmortal) November 7, 2021
Christ what a fight. That’s one way to follow the main card opener #UFC268— Damien Brown (@beatdown155) November 7, 2021
Hope there's like 6 bonus checks on deck tonight. This cards been crazy #UFC268— Vince Morales (@vandetta135) November 7, 2021
Rematch please— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 7, 2021