Usman vs Covington LIVE: Stream, latest updates and how to watch UFC 268 online tonight

UFC 268: Usman Vs. Covington 2

Welcome to our live coverage of one of the biggest MMA events of the year: UFC 268, which takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City tonight.

The main event sees fierce rivals Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington battle for the welterweight title for a second time, following their all-time great contest two years ago. In December 2019, champion Usman finished Covington in the fifth round after the two elite wrestlers put their usual gameplans aside to trade non-stop punches and kicks for the best part of 25 minutes. Ahead of the pair’s second meeting tonight, the co-main event will also be a title-fight rematch, with Weili Zhang looking to regain her strawweight belt from Rose Namajunas, having been finished by the American via first-round head kick in April.

Perhaps the most anticipated fight of the night will in fact kick off the main card, as lightweight contenders Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler go head-to-head in what is expected to be a brutal encounter. In his last bout, over a year ago, Gaethje challenged for the division’s title but was submitted by then-champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who subsequently relinquished his belt and retired. With the vacant strap on the line earlier this year, Chandler came up short against Charles Oliveira, but the winner of tonight’s all-American clash might just receive another shot at the gold next.

Follow live updates from the UFC 268 prelims and main card, below.

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UFC 268 – Imavov def. Shahbazyan

Nassourdine Imavov def. Edmen Shahbazyan via second-round TKO (4:42, elbows).

Alex Pattle7 November 2021 00:27

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UFC 268 – Shahbazyan vs Imavov

On the canvas, Shahbazyan tries for a guillotine but he doesn’t have his hands connected…

Imavov is able to escape and is now in his opponent’s guard, raining down heavy strikes.

Shahbazyan is bleeding badly! Imavov moves into a crucifix mount and is elbowing Shahbazyan, who has no way of defending himself!

He tries to buck his hips to get Imavov off him – ‘bridging’ – but he can’t! And the referee steps in to halt the onslaught of elbows!

Alex Pattle7 November 2021 00:25

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UFC 268 – Shahbazyan vs Imavov

The cut on Imavov’s face actually came from an accidental eye poke – nasty…

The Russian-born Frenchman has Shahbazyan up against the fence, but Shahbazyan reverses the position.

Another choke attempt by Imavov, it looks like a standing D’Arce… Again Shahbazyan escapes!

Shahbazyan goes for another takedown, but once again he’s caught in a D’Arce! It’s a naive move from the youngster.

Somehow, he gets out yet again, wow…

Alex Pattle7 November 2021 00:22

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UFC 268 – Shahbazyan vs Imavov

Shahbazyan with a heavy outside low kick early on. Then another from the 23-year-old, who is light on his feet here.

Imavov swings a wide hook, but his opponent counters with two quick jabs.

Imavov, a rarity as a Dagestani who prefers to strike rather than wrestle, lands an overhand right.

The pair grapple against the fence now, to the dismay of the MSG crowd… Shahbazyan has the advantage, and appears to have cut Imavov in the melee.

Shahbazyan surprisingly lands a takedown, but is forced to escape a decent guillotine attempt!

Alex Pattle7 November 2021 00:17

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UFC 268

A quick recap of the early prelim results:

Ian Garry def. Jordan Williams via first-round KO (4:59)

Chris Barnett def. Gian Villante via second-round TKO (2:23)

Dustin Jacoby def. John Allan via unanimous decision (29-28 29-28, 30-27)

Melsik Baghdasaryan def. Bruno Souza via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Ode’ Osbourne def. Carlos Vergara via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Alex Pattle7 November 2021 00:09

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UFC 268

The UFC 268 prelims are under way. First up is Edmen Shahbazyan vs Nassourdine Imavov.

Shahbazyan (11-2) was undefeated before losing his last two bouts, but he is still seen by many as a great prospect in the middleweight division.

Alex Pattle7 November 2021 00:07

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UFC 268: How to watch, start time and full card

Everything you need to know about tonight’s event can be found in our handy explainer below.

We’ll be providing live updates from the start of the prelims, shortly after 12am GMT.

Alex Pattle6 November 2021 23:45

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UFC 268: More from Michael Bisping

In our exclusive chat with Michael Bisping, the former UFC middleweight champion also spoke about Conor McGregor and how the Irishman is still seen as a role model by many fans despite “attacking innocent people”.

But McGregor’s behaviour outside of the Octagon has failed to put off a number of MMA fans, Bisping has told The Independent.

Here’s what the legend had to say:

Alex Pattle6 November 2021 23:25

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UFC 268: Exclusive preview with Michael Bisping

Colby Covington, Weili Zhang and Michael Chandler are the betting underdogs in their respective bouts tonight, and former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has spoken to The Independent about each fighter’s chances of winning.

Bisping himself has been an underdog at Madison Square Garden and – like Covington and Zhang this weekend – has rematched opponents with gold on the line, so Britain’s first ever UFC title-holder is well positioned to offer advice…

Alex Pattle6 November 2021 22:50

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UFC 268

Welcome to our live coverage of one of the biggest MMA events of the year: UFC 268, which takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City tonight.

The main event sees fierce rivals Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington battle for the welterweight title for a second time, following their all-time great contest two years ago. In December 2019, champion Usman finished Covington in the fifth round after the two elite wrestlers put their usual gameplans aside to trade non-stop punches and kicks for the best part of 25 minutes. Ahead of the pair’s second meeting tonight, the co-main event will also be a title-fight rematch, with Weili Zhang looking to regain her strawweight belt from Rose Namajunas, having been finished by the American via first-round head kick in April.

Perhaps the most anticipated fight of the night will in fact kick off the main card, as lightweight contenders Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler go head-to-head in what is expected to be a brutal encounter. In his last bout, over a year ago, Gaethje challenged for the division’s title but was submitted by then-champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who subsequently relinquished his belt and retired. With the vacant strap on the line earlier this year, Chandler came up short against Charles Oliveira, but the winner of tonight’s all-American clash might just receive another shot at the gold next.

Alex Pattle6 November 2021 22:06

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