Omni (WSN)

Nov 7, 2021

Usman beat Covington via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46) in the main event of UFC 268 on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. With a win in their rematch, Usman retained the UFC welterweight title.

Usman (20-1) has 15 straight wins in the UFC -- the second-longest such streak behind only Anderson Silva (16), who is considered one of the best of all time. The Nigeria-born Usman, who lives in Florida and trains in Colorado, was coming off a second-round knockout win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 in April. Usman, 34, has five title defenses and is chasing the welterweight record of nine set by Georges St-Pierre. Rose Namajunas successfully defended her strawweight crown on Saturday against Zhang Weili -- the same woman she took the belt from back in April. Saturday's rematch, however, was a much different fight from the first. Namajunas (11-4) edged Zhang (21-3) by the slimmest of margins. She earned a split decision in the co-main event of UFC 268 inside Madison Square Garden. Two judges had it for Namajunas via scores of 49-46 and 48-47. A third scored it 48-47 for Zhang. It was a much closer, more strategic fight than their first bout earlier this year, when Namajunas knocked out Zhang with a head kick just 78 seconds in. In the most action-packed MMA fight of 2021, Gaethje defeated Chandler via unanimous decision (29-29, 29-28, 30-27) on the UFC 268 main card Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Chandler rocked Gaethje in the first round. Gaethje nearly finished in the second, badly bloodying Chandler. And the third was a back-and-forth symphony of violence. Neither man gave an inch.