Reigning UFC welterweight kingpin, Kamaru ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Usman has revealed that he had suffered a broken hand just three weeks out from his UFC 268 title rematch against former interim champion, Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington earlier this month at Madison Square Garden.
Usman, who lodged the fifth consecutive successful defense of his welterweight crown, also moved to 2-0 in his career against the outspoken, Covington, besting the Clovis native on all three judge’s scorecards to take home a unanimous decision victory.
In an impressive opening for Usman, the Auchi native stuffed and knocked back the wrestling advances of Covington in the early rounds, before twice knocking the challenger down in the latter stages of the second frame, before the former made an admirable rally late on to draw the tie much close between the two.
However, Usman, who now finds himself in the sights of former-foe, Leon Edwards who continues to chomp at the bit for a well-overdue rematch, revealed he suffered a broken hand, courtesy of a sparring session with former interim lightweight champion, Justin Gaethje just three weeks out from his New York re-run with Covington.
“I broke it [right hand[ before the fight [with Colby Covington],” Usman said during a recent appearance on the Nelk Boy’s Full Send podcast. “I broke it three weeks before [UFC 268] and I didn’t throw it until the day of the fight, I didn’t throw it until I was backstage when you are warming up before the fight. I didn’t throw my hands for three weeks, my right hand. I broke it on someone’s head — Justin Gaethje’s head.“
Despite suffering an apparent broken hand less than a month out from his pivotal rematch with arch-rival, Covington — Usman still managed to take home a unanimous decision victory, scoring his second win over Covington to add to a growing list of defenses which also includes a pair of wins over Jorge Masvidal, and a March knockout of former Sanford MMA teammate, Gilbert Burns.
Himself speaking of his rematch with Usman, former interim gold holder, Covington, who briefly showed some respect to his foe post-fight, claimed that the two need to share the Octagon for a third time in a trilogy bout before it’s all said and done.
“I clearly won that fight three to two,” Covington said. “The third, fourth, and fifth round were my rounds. And even if you were looking on a different side of the scope, I think you could see me winning the first round too. It was very close and competitive. After ten rounds, the people see what happened. We fought two times. At the ten rounds — at the worst, I’m winning six rounds to four. So, I think there needs to be another fight, there’s needs to be a trilogy if he [Kamaru Usman] stays around, if he wants to stick around. After fighting me two times I think he realizes how serious I am and how bad I want that belt. So, I don’t know if he’s willing in that octagon like I am, and I’m gonna get my shot back at him – if he doesn’t retire first. He might retire and just go ride off into the sunset. But if not, I’m looking for that Marty trilogy.”
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