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Kamaru Usman Says He Fought Colby Covington in the Rematch With a Broken Hand

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Kamaru Usman has made a huge revelation about his fight at UFC 268. Usman made his fourth title defence against Colby Covington. Usman has now revealed that he broke his right hand in preparation for the fight. In a recent interview, the current UFC Welterweight Champion said that he suffered the injury 3 weeks before the marquee event.

UFC 268 took place at MSG (Madison Square Garden). Usman faced his arch-rival, Colby Covington, in the main event. The fight was a rematch of their previous clash at UFC 245 in 2019. The 34-year old earned a TKO win during that. But the rematch was more intense. The champion started off strongly. His jabs found the target more often than not.

Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington

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The performance seems even more impressive now as Kamaru Usman fought for 25 minutes with an injured right hand. Despite having the option to take the fight to the ground, Usman decided to keep the fight standing. He knocked Colby down twice in the second with punches. Now he has revealed what happened during the fight camp.

Kamaru Usman details his injury going into UFC 268

During the Nelk Boys’ Full Send podcast, Champion Kamaru Usman revealed the timeline of the injury and how it happened. “I broke it before the fight. Most people didn’t know that. I broke it three weeks before, and I didn’t throw it until the day of the fight, I didn’t throw it until I was backstage, when you are warming up before the fight. I didn’t throw my hands for three weeks, my right hand. “

 
 
 
 
 
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In the interview, Kamaru Usman revealed that he did not use his right hand until the night of the fight. On being asked how he sustained the injury, he stated the incident happened while in a training session with Justin Gaethje. “I broke it on someone’s head, Justin Gaethje’s head,” said the champion.

Kamaru Usman has defended his title 4 times now, and he is currently waiting to see who his next opponent is going to be. Leon Edwards is an obvious candidate. But UFC seems to be hesitant to give the British fighter the title shot. Khamzat Chimaev is somebody to keep an eye on. He might just be a win away from fighting for the belt!