Kamaru Clobbers Covington to Retain UFC Welterweight

*Drops His Challenger Twice to Pull Out A Unanimous Decision

It was a close fight indeed at the Madison Square Garden, New York, on Saturday, between reigning UFC Welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman and his worthy challenger, Colby Covington. But it was also one night in which the Nigerian Nightmare, as Usman is fondly known, kept his cool and title to rake up his 19th victory, the longest active winning streak in the championship.

Truly, it was a night in which Covington gave a befitting account of his determination to prove he is good enough for the belt, rocking the champion severally with lunging punches. But it was Kamaru who made the biggest marks of the night, applying his big punches to drop his challenger twice in round two, cinching most but one of his opponent’s attempt at a takedown. It was one brief take down that left the champion offering an obvious mocking smile at his challenger.

At the end of the very thrilling encounter, Kamaru came up tops with the three judges working out a 48-47, 48-47, and 49-46 in his favour.

He’s a tough son of a b**ch. I knew with a guy like this, he was going to creep back in this.

When you share an Octagon with someone this tough, you can’t help it,” Usman said charitably of his challenger.

Gallantly, Covington admitted the champion had a better night.
It was his night. “He had a better night,” Covington admitted of Usman.

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