Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington will meet again in a rematch of their 2019 battle as 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 all-out war that ended with Usman stopping Covington in the fifth round. But their rivalry has not subsided and the two will meet again riding strong emotions in an attempt to prove who is the better fighter.
Since beating Covington, Usman has climbed to the top of the UFC pound-for-pound list while riding a 14-game winning streak. He’s coming out of a ferocious knockout of Jorge Masvidal in April seems to have plans to do the same with Covington on November 6th.
Covington has only fought once since their first fight and beat Tyron Woodley in the fifth round last September.
Will Covington retaliate or will Usman demonstrate his dominance, end his rivalry and continue his journey to become the best welterweight of all time?
Sporting News provides some information on how to bet on the welterweight championship clash.
All odds courtesy of FanDuel
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 looks like a loser at +245, meaning a $ 100 bet would return a $ 245 profit if Covington can avenge his loss.
Prediction Usman vs. Covington 2
The first time Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington met, they put on an amazing show that broke all records. It was a surprising effort coming from two fighters known for their wrestling, but a close fight ended with Usman breaking Covington’s jaw and putting him away in the final round.
Usman has shown notable improvements since then, which suggests the end result may be the same, if not sooner.
Prior to Covington’s knockout, Usman had only finished two of his top ten UFC opponents. He has now finished three of his last four, including Covington, Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns. And these are not questionable finishes, these were no doubt from Usman, who continues to show a marked improvement in his attack. To complicate matters further for Covington, he is facing a man who has never been knocked down in his UFC career. And that means this fight will take place where Usman wants it. And if it’s a standing deal, it doesn’t bode well for Covington, who isn’t a very powerful striker to begin with.
Covington relies heavily on cardio, wrestling and volume to overwhelm his opponents. These 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 injure Usman to get him out of the game. Gilbert Burns briefly buzzed him, but he was eventually stopped. Masvidal was thought to be the man with the amazing ability to overturn The Nigerian Nightmare and was first dominated and brutally knocked out in the rematch. It takes a special person to deal with Usman and Covington doesn’t seem to be that person.
Usman to win at -300 doesn’t present great value, but Usman for (T) KO at +155 is where you will get the most out of your dollar. It will be up to Covington to stand for 25 minutes and avoid an opponent who has already knocked him out once and plans to do it again. If Covington is unable to bring this fight to the canvas, he will find himself on the wrong side of a knockout at some point in the fight.
Sports News Prediction: Kamaru Usman via (T) KO (+155)