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UFC 268 fight card: Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington 2, Rose Namajunas vs. Zhang Weili 2 to headline event

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Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

A pair of championship rematches headline the UFC’s return to Madison Square Garden.

On Saturday’s UFC Vegas 35 broadcast, it was officially confirmed that Kamaru Usman will defend his welterweight title in a rematch against Colby Covington in the main event of UFC 268 on Nov. 6 in New York. A strawweight championship rematch between Rose Namajunas and Zhang Weili was also announced as the card’s co-main event.

A previously reported lightweight bout between Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler was also made official.

In his first defense of the welterweight title at UFC 235, Usman defeated Covington by TKO int the closing moments of a five-round slugfest. He has since defended the title three more times, while Covington rebounded from that loss with a dominant fifth-round TKO of Tyron Woodley in September of last year.

Namajunas regained her strawweight title with a shocking first-round knockout of Zhang at UFC 261 in April. It was just the second loss for Zhang in 23 pro bouts. The two now meet in an immediate rematch.

Gaethje fights for the first time since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in a lightweight championship bout at UFC 254 last October. The loss snapped a four-fight win streak and he looks to get back on track against Chandler, a former Bellator champion who is coming off of a vacant lightweight championship loss to Charles Oliveira.

Also officially announced for UFC 268 are a middleweight bout between Sean Strickland and former UFC champion Luke Rockhold, a bantamweight contenders bout between Germaine de Randamie and Irene Aldana, and a lightweight bout between Al Iaquinta and Bobby Green.