UFC 268: Usman vs. Covington 2 Main Card Betting Odds and Preview
For the first time in two years, the Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its return to Madison Square Garden with arguably the best main-event card for a UFC premier event this year. Saturday’s spectacular show will feature title defenses (both rematches) by welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and reigning women’s strawweight champ, Rose Namajunas, in addition to several other fights with a good number of the promotion’s biggest names from past and present.
Read on for our odds and preview for the main card of UFC 268: Usman vs. Covington 2 below. And for all the latest news and updates in and out of the Octagon, head on over to Nitrogen Sports Blog after this.
UFC 268: Usman vs. Covington 2 Betting Odds and Preview
Where: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY
When: Saturday, November 6, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Where to watch: ESPN+
Main Event: Welterweight Title Bout
Kamaru Usman (-312) vs. Colby Covington (+251)
Who else is left for UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman to conquer? Since taking the title from Tyrone Woodley in March 2019, Usman’s had four successful title defenses since, with the first coming at the expense of his opponent this week. “The Nigerian Nightmare” has won a whopping 18 straight fights, has not lost since suffering his one and only defeat in 2013, and has already proven to not be deterred by rematches after successfully defending his belt against Jorge Masvidal on two separate occasions.
To Colby Covington’s credit, he got right back into the title hunt with a fifth-round TKO victory over Woodley in September of last year. The outspoken 33-year-old southpaw hasn’t been causing as much “Chaos” as his moniker would suggest lately compared to a much more active Usman, but perhaps having over a year to prepare for the rematch will work to Covington’s advantage in the end. Controversies aside, Covington’s won eight of his last nine fights, with the lone defeat only coming against the current welterweight king.
Co-Main Event: Women’s Strawweight Title Bout
Rose Namajunas (-102) vs. Zhang Weili (-112)
Like Usman, Rose Namajunas is no stranger to successful title defenses in quick succession. During her first title reign, “Thug Rose” fended off Joanna Jedrzejczyk in their immediate rematch in 2018. And after dropping the strawweight title to Jessica Andrade, Namajunas got her revenge with a win over Andrade right before recapturing the belt off of Zhang Weili’s grasp by way of a quick first-round TKO with a monstrous head kick earlier this April.
For Zhang, meanwhile, the only opponent she’s yet to topple over is none other than Namajunas. It was the 32-year-old Chinese sensation who nabbed the belt from Andrade and successfully defended the belt against Jedrzejczyk before falling to the reigning champion. Zhang was on an amazing 21-fight win streak before abruptly dropping the belt to Namajunas earlier this year, which is partly the reason why the books have her and not the defending champ as the slight favorite entering this huge title bout.
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Justin Gaethje (-213) vs. Michael Chandler (+178)
A couple of fallen lightweights from their respective title fights collide this Saturday to decide the next contender to Charles Oliveira’s reign atop the division. On one corner, Justin Gaethje came up one win short of becoming the undisputed lightweight champion after submitting to Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC 254. The wrestler-turned-brawler is coming off a one-year hiatus since that loss and should be re-energized to be back in the title hunt right away.
Gaethje considers Michael Chandler’s rapid rise in the UFC to be a total fluke, considering that Chandler immediately got a title bout against Oliveira after a convincing win in his UFC debut. But what a maiden win in the Octagon for Chandler that truly was, as “Iron” Mike’s first-round knockout of Dan Hooker strapped a rocket on his back and straight into the title picture. Both Gathje and Chandler sport 22 professional wins, with the latter having three more career losses (six) than the former.
Shane Burgos (-200) vs. Billy Quarantillo (+165)
A couple of Big Apple natives clash in MSG as featherweights Shane Burgos and Billy Quarantillo clash for the first time. Although Burgos is currently pegged as the favorite in this bout, his recent results contradict those odds. “Hurricane” is on a two-fight losing streak, with his third-round knockout at the hands of Edson Barboza earlier in May being quite the stunner.
That gives Billy Quarantillo a window to capitalize on his fellow New Yorker. The 32-year-old from Ransomville is 5-1 in the UFC, recently picking up a TKO victory over Gabriel Benitez in July to bounce back from his only loss in the Octagon to Gavin Tucker last December. Quarantillo was even on an eight-fight win streak prior to that defeat, making him a solid underdog pick against the more tenured UFC veteran.
Frankie Edgar (+149) vs. Marlon Vera (-175)
Fan-favorite Frankie Edgar just turned 40 this past October, yet his days in the Octagon are far from over. Unfortunately, “The Answer” has been completely baffled by his recent opponents, with four losses over his last six fights. At this point in his career, Edgar serves as more of a gatekeeper in the UFC than an actual title contender who is still a massive draw.
Marlon Vera needs a win on Saturday more than his opponent at that, as the 29-year-old Ecuadorian has been inconsistent of late. After going undefeated in five fights between 2018 and 2019, Vera’s gone 2-2 since. On the bright side, “Chito” did come away with a unanimous-decision win over Davey Grant in June, recovering well from his defeat to Jose Aldo whilst also taking home a Fight of the Night bonus for his performance.
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