Colby Covington Explains Why Second Round Against Kamaru Usman Wasn’t 10-8

Colby CovingtonColby Covington doesn’t believe there were any 10-8 rounds in his rematch with Kamaru Usman. Covington suffered a unanimous decision defeat to Usman in their welterweight title sequel at UFC 268 earlier this month. Covington was notably dropped twice in the second round with many expecting the finish to come soon. However, “Chaos” survived and […]

Colby Covington

Colby Covington doesn’t believe there were any 10-8 rounds in his rematch with Kamaru Usman.

Covington suffered a unanimous decision defeat to Usman in their welterweight title sequel at UFC 268 earlier this month. Covington was notably dropped twice in the second round with many expecting the finish to come soon.

However, “Chaos” survived and ended the fight strong. In the end, however, it wasn’t enough as Usman still won all three judges’ scorecards.

Colby Covington: Only The Haters Calling It 10-8

Although the three judges didn’t score the second round as a 10-8, many fans, fighters and media alike deemed it a 10-8 on social media.

To that, Covington responded:

“I feel like I was kind of pressing in that round, and that round was mine up until that point,” Covington told James Lynch. “If you look at the tape, you can clearly see that I wobbled him with the jab, he kind of stumbled twice, but he gets his bearings and he throws a 3-2, right hand-left hook and the left hook just kind of caught me on the right spot, the temple. For just a quarter-second it put me down, but I wasn’t hurt. It wasn’t like I was wobbled and he had me completely concussed with a big shot. It just caught me unexpectedly.

“I was rushing in and my defense was down and he just caught a good shot. That’s not a 10-8 round, though. No way that’s a 10-8. 10-8 is when they’re doing damage and freaking almost finishing the guy. I wasn’t even close to getting finished. Those are the haters, man. The clickbait merchants is what I call them. There are just three judges in there. Millions of people watching the fight worldwide can decide for themselves.”

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Whether it’s a 10-8 or not is irrelevant in the end as Covington would have lost regardless seeing as the judges never scored it a 10-8 in the first place.

Did you think it was a 10-8 round for Kamaru Usman against Colby Covington?

Conor McGregor Questions Kamaru Usman’s ‘Suspect Dome’, Believes He Wins Third Title Against Him

Conor McGregorFormer two-weight UFC champion, Conor McGregor has claimed he has stopped a multitude of holes in the overall game of current welterweight kingpin, Kamaru Usman, including an apparent, “suspect dome” — before claiming he would fancy his chances of clinching a third UFC crown if paired with him. McGregor, who last featured in the main […]

Conor McGregor

Former two-weight UFC champion, Conor McGregor has claimed he has stopped a multitude of holes in the overall game of current welterweight kingpin, Kamaru Usman, including an apparent, “suspect dome” — before claiming he would fancy his chances of clinching a third UFC crown if paired with him.

McGregor, who last featured in the main event of UFC 264 back in July, dropped his second consecutive loss at lightweight in the form of a first round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss to former interim champion, Dustin Poirier after he fractured his left tibia at the end of the opening frame.

The Dubliner, who underwent a surgical procedure the following day in California, is expected to be sidelined until next summer at the very earliest as he continues to recover and rehabilitate, however, tonight as part of an “#AskNotorious” session on his official Twitter, claimed he would be back in a position to spar fully by April.

I will be full mixed martial arts sparring by April,” Conor McGregor tweeted. “Easily! By then a return will be imminent. But I must be patient. I will beat this!

McGregor, who has been linked with a slew of opponents for his expected return next year, including the likes of Jorge Masvidal, Michael Chandler, Nate Diaz, Tony Ferguson, and the aforenoted, Poirier — has also claimed he will challenge for gold upon his return.

Conor McGregor questions the durability of Kamaru Usman, and envisions a third UFC title victory against him

The 33-year-old has frequently linked himself to a welterweight title challenge against Usman in the future. And when asked for his assessment on the Auchi native’s UFC 268 victory over Colby Covington, claimed he saw many holes in the defending champion’s game.

(I) thought Colby (Covington) lumped him up nice last fight,” Conor McGregor tweeted. “Finished stronger. Without that 2nd round knockdown, it’s Colby’s fight imo (in my opinion). If even still. I see many holes. As well as a suspect dome. I fancy it greatly for the treble.

Whilst McGregor envisions a future fight with Usman, the defending welterweight champion is already firmly on the radar of the #3 ranked, Leon Edwards who hopes to secure a well-overdue title rematch with the Nigerian next.

Another contender who appears to have grabbed the attention of McGregor is former featherweight kingpin, Max Holloway, with the duo originally clashing back in 2013. Both McGregor and Holloway appear to be highly receptive to a rematch to boot

Kamaru Usman Would 1,000% Love A Rematch Against Jose Caceres

Kamaru Usman would love to get the only loss of his professional career back.

At this point, it may seem difficult for fans to imagine, but Kamaru Usman has suffered defeat before in his MMA career. While we have never seen this occur inside the UF…

Kamaru Usman, Jose Caceres

Kamaru Usman would love to get the only loss of his professional career back.

At this point, it may seem difficult for fans to imagine, but Kamaru Usman has suffered defeat before in his MMA career. While we have never seen this occur inside the UFC Octagon, it did happen in the Nigerian American’s second professional fight in 2013 to a gentleman by the name of Jose Caceres.

Jose Caceres
Jose Caceres

Usman has broken down the way the loss unfolded in great detail on more than one occasion, including in a recent appearance on the FULL SEND PODCAST. Usman discussed how overconfidence and inexperience contributed to his downfall. He also shared that submitting instead of being choked out was the best way to ensure he’d be allowed to fight again in a few weeks and earn the income he sorely needed at the time.

Nevertheless, the current UFC welterweight champion will never forget the way he felt the moment he tapped out, thus placing the one and only loss on his professional record.

“As soon as I tapped, I felt so worthless,” Usman said. “I was like, ‘Wow. Not only did I just give up, I gave up on myself, I gave up on my dream, I gave up on everything.’ I was like, ‘I will never, ever feel this feeling again.”

Usman’s thoughts from that night remain fresh to this day. He recalls how he reacted backstage immediately after the fight and how he’d ensure that his promise of never feeling that way again would be kept.

“I was back there pacing, and I was like, ‘I fuckin’ suck,” Usman said. “’I need to learn everything there is to learn about this sport if I’m gonna be champion.’ And I took a week off, came back the next week, I bought a gi, I was in jiu-jitsu practice every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.”

New UFC champ Kamaru Usman has been awarded his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black  belt by longtime coach Jorge Santiago : r/bjj
Kamaru Usman awarded his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu

When asked if he would like a rematch against Caceres, Usman did not hesitate for one moment.

“I would 1,000% love a rematch…Yeah, I think about it, I wanna be like Apollo Creed and just say, ‘You know what? I get to pick and choose anybody! Let’s go get this guy!’” Usman said.

The odds of that happening are quite slim, to say the least. Caceres is currently on a three-fight losing streak on the regional scene and has a professional record of 15-12. Ironically, there is someone from the UFC 268 main event who does hold a victory over Cacares, however: Usman’s greatest rival, Colby “Chaos” Covington.

Do you think the UFC should say ‘to hell with it’ and sign Jose Caceres for a money fight against Kamaru Usman?

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Usman Co-Signs Sonnen’s “Rich Little Weirdo” McGregor Description

UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman has concurred with Chael Sonnen’s assessment of former two-division champ Conor McGregor.

McGregor has long engaged with other fighters and pundits on social media, but since his last Octagon outing, a second …

Kamaru Usman, Conor McGregor

UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman has concurred with Chael Sonnen’s assessment of former two-division champ Conor McGregor.

McGregor has long engaged with other fighters and pundits on social media, but since his last Octagon outing, a second consecutive defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264, the Irishman’s antics have certainly increased. Having previously targeted Poirier, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson, Anthony Smith, and Belal Muhammad, McGregor recently turned his attention to fellow trash-talk extraordinaire Sonnen.

After Sonnen branded McGregor a “rich little weirdo” during an episode of his ESPN show, the former featherweight and lightweight king fired back, describing the former two-division title challenger as a “little broke weirdo.” While it was perhaps not either man’s most creative insult, one current UFC champion agrees with “The American Gangster.”

Usman: McGregor Always Tries To Steal The Clout

During a recent appearance on the Full Send Podcast, Kamaru Usman cited Sonnen’s remark, suggesting it was the perfect description of McGregor’s current situation. According to “The Nigerian Nightmare,” the Dublin native has fallen so far that not even DJs and “old dudes” are scared of him anymore, referencing his alleged attacks in the past.

“Conor is just, did you guys see Chael’s quote to him? He said that Conor’s just a rich little weirdo, and he is. He’s a rich little weirdo right now. That’s exactly what he is. Like, come on bro… you’re punching DJs. DJs aren’t even scared of you outside right now. That’s the level that you’re on. You’ve fell so high. Even old dudes at the bar aren’t even scared of you no more. Machine Gun Kelly’s not even scared of you. That’s the level that Conor’s on.”

Usman also discussed McGregor’s habit of insulting and tweeting about fighters and names involved in the top events and stories in MMA, including him. Addressing the 33-year-old’s claim that he stole his style and combinations, Usman followed in the footsteps of Sonnen, branding McGregor a “fucking weirdo.”

“Conor used to be, ‘Conor McGregor in the UFC, fighting, knocking people out.’ Now all he tries to do, and it’s strategic, it’s systematic… when he sees anything happening that’s bigger than him, he tries to steal the clout. He’ll tweet. Every major fight that happens, what happens? Conor tweets about it. Every time I fight, he’s talking about me, tweets about me; ‘Oh, you’re stealing my style!’ How? What are you talking about? At the end of the day, I state what I’m capable of doing, what I’m going to do. So, ‘Oh, you stole the way that I threw this combination or this punch.’ Bro, it’s fighting. If it works, it works… Were you the first one to ever do it? Fucking weirdo.”

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Usman recently defended his welterweight title for the fifth time in a rematch against Colby Covington. Having now pushed away two challenges from “Chaos” and Jorge Masvidal, and one from Gilbert Burns, “The Nigerian Nightmare” is likely to face off against England’s Leon Edwards next. “Rocky” is represented by Paradigm Sports, an agency McGregor is heavily involved with.

“The Notorious” McGregor, meanwhile, is still recovering from the broken leg he suffered in his trilogy clash with Poirier in July. He recently claimed he’ll be contesting for the lightweight gold upon his return. If McGregor instead decides to move back up to welterweight, perhaps a grudge match with Usman will be in order.

Do you agree with Kamaru Usman’s assessment of Conor McGregor?

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Kamaru Usman Talks GSP Fight: ‘I Know He Doesn’t Want It’

Kamaru UsmanKamaru Usman would love to chance to prove he is the best welterweight fighter of all time by squaring off against Georges St-Pierre, but he understands that will never happen. The debate about who is the best-ever 170lb fighter to grace the UFC continued intensified when Usman made his fifth successive title defence by beating […]

Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman would love to chance to prove he is the best welterweight fighter of all time by squaring off against Georges St-Pierre, but he understands that will never happen.

The debate about who is the best-ever 170lb fighter to grace the UFC continued intensified when Usman made his fifth successive title defence by beating Colby Covington at UFC 268 earlier this month.

During a recent interview, Usman admitted that the shadow of St-Pierre looms large over the welterweight division but his run as champion is helping people move on from the GSP era.

“Georges is the shadow that haunts the division,” Usman said on a recent episode of the Full Send Podcast. “Well, did. Not anymore. When Tyron Woodley was champ, he haunted the division. When Robbie Lawler was champ, Georges haunted the division, because everyone knew the champ never lost his belt and he was just kind of floating out there, still training – you could tell he was still working out, and he was just kind of out there.”

“Like Khabib (Nurmagomedov) now. He haunts the lightweight division because everyone is like, ‘Oh, Khabib’s the champ,’ you know?”

Kamaru Usman Understands He’ll Never Get To Fight GSP

St-Pierre has been retired since 2017. The Canadian returned from exile to take a fight for the middleweight title against Michael Bisping. ‘Rush’ picked up a third-round submission win before sailing off into the sunset. At 40 years old, St-Pierre seems content in retirement and has already shied away from a mega-money fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“Georges doesn’t want it,” Usman stated. “I know he doesn’t want it, so that’s okay. I’ve let that ship sail because he’s retired. Let him retire in peace, eat and drink, do whatever he wants.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

What does Kamaru Usman need to do to displace Georges St-Pierre as the best welterweight in UFC history?

Colby Covington Scoffs At Usman vs. Canelo Fight Talk

Colby CovingtonColby Covington finds the prospect of a boxing match between his long-time rival Kamaru Usman and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez quite amusing. ‘Chaos’ is coming off a close decision loss to Usman at UFC 268. After starting slow, Covington was able to work his way into the fight and in his mind did enough to beat […]

Colby Covington

Colby Covington finds the prospect of a boxing match between his long-time rival Kamaru Usman and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez quite amusing.

‘Chaos’ is coming off a close decision loss to Usman at UFC 268. After starting slow, Covington was able to work his way into the fight and in his mind did enough to beat ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ on November 6. The judges and the majority of fight fans disagreed with the American who fell short against Usman for a second time and now faces a long road back to the title.

The talk has now turned to who Usman will face next. Leon Edwards appears to be next in line for a shot at the welterweight title but the champion appears to be lukewarm on the idea of rematching ‘Rocky’ who he beat in 2015.

Usman has instead been talking up a potential crossover fight between him and Canelo, who recently cemented himself as the number one pound-for-pound boxer on the planet by becoming undisputed at 168lbs.

Colby Covington Laughs At The Prospect Of Kamaru Usman vs. Canelo

During a recent interview with James Lynch of MMA News, Covington reacted to talk of a potential fight between Usman and Alvarez, he said.

“It’s probably the funniest thing I ever heard in my life. I mean, man, that’s just sad, man. That’s not even believable. Like, come on, man. Let’s talk about things in the realm of possibility. You’re acting like a little kid. He’s just trying to get paid.

“I mean, the bottom line: He doesn’t want to fight tough fights anymore, man. He wants to get this big-money fight and just walk off in the sunset,” Covington added. He doesn’t want it anymore. He doesn’t want it like want it, and that why you’re probably gonna see that guy leave the sport within the next year, and I’m still gonna be here. I’m getting better. I haven’t even hit my prime, man. So when I hit my prime, 34, 35 years old, man, look out, James. These guys are all in trouble.”

Do you agree with Colby Covington? Is Kamaru Usman simply chasing a payday against Canelo?