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Kamaru Usman appears to have hospitalized Colby Covington again as ‘Chaos’ seen on crutches at UFC 268, sustaining a broken jaw in their first fight


Colby Covington felt the strength of Kamaru Usman once again.

The pair first fought at UFC 245 almost two years ago, where Usman broke Covington’s jaw en route to a TKO victory in the fifth round.

Much like their first fight, Usman and Covington once again entered a real war.
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Kamaru Usman appears to have hospitalized Colby Covington again as 'Chaos' seen on crutches at UFC 268, sustaining a broken jaw in their first fight
Covington appeared to have his jaw broken by Usman in their first fight, but this is disputed by the welterweights

This time at UFC 268, Covington went the distance with Usman but the end result was the same: victory for Nigerian Nightmare and injury for Chaos.

Covington was seen after the event leaving Madison Square Garden on crutches. Although it is not known exactly what his injury is, the American was advancing cautiously, to say the least.

The broken jaw was challenged by Covington as recently as this week, as was an x-ray that was said to have been his.

“It certainly wasn’t broken,” Covington told ESPN. “He hit a clean shot, it was a good shot, but it wasn’t a broken jaw.

“I’m stronger than anyone, I can take anything. I knew that in a fight a lot of people already had a biased opinion against me, so I kind of wanted to sit down and think [after].

“I didn’t want to go out and say anything. I wanted to see how the media was going to run it. The things they were going to say. Were they going to bring up the things that happened in the fight?

“It was one of the worst photoshops, let me say, in the history of the sport. Someone went to take a picture from google they put my name on [the X-ray] photo Colby Covington and first of all, if you ever read an x-ray film, it will never read your name directly. He will look back.

Kamaru Usman appears to have hospitalized Colby Covington again as 'Chaos' seen on crutches at UFC 268, sustaining a broken jaw in their first fight
This x-ray, apparently of Covington’s broken jaw, is fake according to the man himself

This time around, Covington didn’t seem to offer any excuses – photoshop or otherwise – and in fact showed rare respect to the champion at the end of their contest.

The first two rounds were comfortably for Usman and it looked like the end might be on the cards if he kept up the pressure. The left hooks were causing all kinds of trouble for Covington, but Chaos then returned to the fight in the middle of the rounds.

His right uppercut regularly found the mark and even Usman’s iron chin didn’t like him. It wasn’t until round five that Usman really asserted himself once again and made sure the belt stayed with him.

Kamaru Usman appears to have hospitalized Colby Covington again as 'Chaos' seen on crutches at UFC 268, sustaining a broken jaw in their first fight
Looks like Kamaru Usman may have sent Colby Covington to hospital again

Usman and UFC boss Dana White both paid tribute to Covington’s tenacity and he earned the champion’s respect after nearly 10 rounds together in the Octagon.

But it does prove how dangerous Usman is. Formerly labeled as a grappler, coach Trevor Wittman improved Usman’s hands to the point that he’s one of the most complete fighters in the UFC today.

Covington ended up with a broken jaw and limping on crutches for his efforts, but he will have earned the respect of many fans and his peers tonight for the way he conducted himself in defeat and held the distance with the best fighter pound for pound. at the UFC right now.

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