UFC is back for a second PPV in as many weeks, and it’s coming to us live from the most famous arena in America. UFC 268 is taking place at Madison Square Garden and will feature a pair of title fights atop the card.
The main event of the night will see welterweight champ Kamaru Usman fight No. 1 contender Colby Covington in a rematch of UFC 245. Usman won that bout with a fifth round TKO. The co-main event of the evening will feature strawweight champion Rose Namajunas fighting No. 1 contender Zhang Weili in a rematch of their UFC 261 title bout in April. Namajunas knocked out Weili in the first round with a head kick.
The card will feature plenty of other talent, including a huge lightweight contenders bout between Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler. We’ll be tracking full results throughout the evening. Below is the full card and how odds have settled just before the event gets started. We’ve got moneyline odds and winning method odds, and will note the betting result for each fight.
UFC 268: Usman vs. Covington main card, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN+
Main event: Kamaru Usman (c) vs. #1 Colby Covington, for welterweight championship
Kamaru Usman wins by unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 49-46)
A close fight, but the right decision. Usman was ahead on total strikes 154-102, and 107-97 with significant strikes. This is the fifth defense for Usman, who now has cleaned out everyone at welterweight. Does he change weight classes, or perhaps move to another opportunity against Canelo Alvarez? We’ll see what happens.
Usman by KO/TKO/DQ: +150
Usman by submission: +1100
Usman by decision: +150
Covington by KO/TKO/DQ: +700
Covington by submission: +2000
Covington by decision: +500
Co-main event: Rose Namajunas (c) vs. #1 Zhang Weili, for strawweight championship
Rose Namajunas wins by split decision (48-47, 49-46, 47-48)
Probably the right decision, but still a close fight. Thug Rose defends her title thanks to 7:00 of fight control to just 3:37 for Zhang. At this point, Namajunas has basically cleaned out the division, so we’ll see what is her next move at 105 lbs. Does she move up and challenge Valentina Shevchenko?
Namajunas by KO/TKO/DQ: +350
Namajunas by submission: +600
Namajunas by decision: +350
Weili by KO/TKO/DQ: +250
Weili by submission: +1000
Weili by decision: +250
#8 Frankie Edgar vs. #13 Marlon Vera, bantamweight
Marlon Vera wins by TKO (kick) at 3:50 of the third round.
A thunderous front kick from Vera! It was a close fight, but Vera took away all doubt with just over a minute to go.
Edgar by KO/TKO/DQ: +800
Edgar by submission: +1600
Edgar by decision: +200
Vera by KO/TKO/DQ: +300
Vera by submission: +550
Vera by decision: +200
#14 Shane Burgos vs. Billy Quarantillo, featherweight
Shane Burgos wins by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Full credit to Billy Q for managing to get to the end with what appeared to be one leg, but Burgos inflicted more damage in the last two rounds and is the deserving winner in what was another action-packed fight.
Burgos by KO/TKO/DQ: +240
Burgos by submission: +900
Burgos by decision: +150
Quarantillo by KO/TKO/DQ: +500
Quarantillo by submission: +1100
Quarantillo by decision: +400
#2 Justin Gaethje vs. #4 Michael Chandler, lightweight
Justin Gaethje wins by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
It might have been the fight of the year, and Justin Gaethje likely earned his title shot after that performance. An absolute bloody war, Gaethje won 112-88 on total strikes, and 1:37-:03 in fight control.
Gaethje by KO/TKO/DQ: -120
Gaethje by submission: +1400
Gaethje by decision: +500
Chandler by KO/TKO/DQ: +450
Chandler by submission: +1000
Chandler by decision: +5000
Alex Pereira vs. Andreas Michailidis, middleweight
Alex Pereira wins by TKO (flying knee) at :18 of the second round.
OH MY GOODNESS!
Al Iaquinta vs. Bobby Green, lightweight
Bobby Green wins by TKO (punches) at 2:25 of the first round.
The stoppages are coming fast and furious in MSG!
Phil Hawes vs. Chris Curtis, middleweight
Phil Hawes wins by TKO (punches) at 4:27 of the first round.
Looks like the knee in close stunned Curtis, and Hawes finished it easily.
#11 Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Nassourdine Imavov, middleweight
Nassourdine Imavov wins by TKO (elbows) at 4:52 of the second round.
What a finish for Imavov, who is now 3-1 in the UFC and likely a ranked contender on Monday!
Ian Garry vs. Jordan Williams, welterweight
Ian Garry wins by KO (punches) at 4:59 of the first round.
With only one second remaining, Jordan Williams gets knocked out cold!
Ian Garry ✅— Vivid Sports (@vivid_sports) November 7, 2021
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Garry by KO/TKO/DQ: -120
Garry by submission: +550
Garry by decision: +300
Williams by KO/TKO/DQ: +800
Williams by submission: +2500
Williams by decision: +650
Gian Villante vs. Chris Barnett, heavyweight
Chris Barnett wins by TKO (kick) at 2:23 of the second round.
Some unreal athleticism from the big man!
Villante by KO/TKO/DQ: +250
Villante by submission: +1400
Villante by decision: +215
Barnett by KO/TKO/DQ: +275
Barnett by submission: +2500
Barnett by decision: +300
Dustin Jacoby vs. John Allan, light heavyweight
Dustin Jacoby wins by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jacoby by KO/TKO/DQ: +110
Jacoby by submission: +1200
Jacoby by decision: +175
Allan by KO/TKO/DQ: +900
Allan by submission: +1400
Allan by decision: +600
Melsik Baghdasaryan vs. Bruno Souza, featherweight
Melsik Baghdasaryan wins by unanimous decision: 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
Baghdasaryan by KO/TKO/DQ: +120
Baghdasaryan by submission: +1100
Baghdasaryan by decision: +150
Souza by KO/TKO/DQ: +1200
Souza by submission: +1600
Souza by decision: +600
CJ Vergara vs. Ode’ Osbourne, flyweight
Ode’ Osbourne wins by unanimous decision: 29-28, 29-28, 29-28
Vergara by KO/TKO/DQ: +300
Vergara by submission: +2000
Vergara by decision: +600
Osbourne by KO/TKO/DQ: +330
Osbourne by submission: +225
Osbourne by decision: +330
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