• September 17, 2021

Exclusive: Amazing UFC 268 card announced for Madison Square Garden with Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington headlining and Justin Gaethje, Rose Namajunas in action

 Exclusive: Amazing UFC 268 card announced for Madison Square Garden with Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington headlining and Justin Gaethje, Rose Namajunas in action


UFC 268 has been announced for Madison Square Garden on November 6 and the card looks sensational.

The main event sees Kamaru Usman defend his welterweight title in a rematch with Colby Covington, a man he defeated in December 2019.

The punch from Usman that shattered Covington’s jaw in their first meeting

The punch from Usman that shattered Covington’s jaw in their first meeting

‘Chaos’ did give the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ the closest test of his title reign to date and Usman will need to silence Covington once and for all.

The co-main event features Rose Namajunas defending her UFC women’s strawweight title against the woman she won it off, Zhang Weili.

‘Thug Rose’ took the title with a first-round knockout on a crazy UFC 261 card courtesy of a beautiful head kick.

The kick that won Rose Namajunas the title

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The kick that won Rose Namajunas the title

It was Weili’s first loss in 20 fights and only second loss ever. The Chinese star, who won the 2020 Fight of the Year against former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, has a chance to prove herself against one one of the greatest strawweights ever and right that wrong.

Also on the main card, an absolute banger from the lightweight division as the number two ranked Justin Gaethje takes on the number four ranked Michael Chandler.

With Dustin Poirier next in line to face Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title, possibly in December, there’s every chance the winner of this showdown will face the champion sometime next year.

Khabib retired after choking out Justin Gaethje at UFC 254

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Khabib retired after choking out Justin Gaethje at UFC 254

Gaethje hasn’t fought since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2020 – which led to the Russian’s retirement – and Chandler’s last outing came against current champion Oliveira at UFC 262 in May.

Both men are coming off losses in championship fights – it’s sure to be explosive.

Elsewhere on the card, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold makes his return to the octagon after nearly two-and-a-half years out. He returns to middleweight to face Sean Strickland after an unsuccessful debut at light-heavyweight against now champion, Jan Blachowicz.

Blachowicz starched former middlewight champion Luke Rockhold in July 2019

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Blachowicz starched former middlewight champion Luke Rockhold in July 2019

Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is also in action against fellow ranked bantamweight Marlon Vera while fan-favourite lightweight Al Iaquinta takes on Bobby Green.

For European fans, Ireland’s Ian Garry makes his UFC debut in a bout against Jordan Williams.

The exciting welterweight is 7-0 and ‘The Future’ secured finishes in all but two of his wins.





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