UFC 268: Colby Covington vows to 'finish' Kamaru Usman and warns of 'life-changing' consequences

Colby Covington claims Kamaru Usman will retire after he gets beat at UFC 268

Colby Covington says he will 'finish' Kamaru Usman - unlike last time - this weekend when the pair clash in their rematch at UFC 268 on November 6. 

Covington was forced to eat his words after the Nigerian Nightmare smashed 'Chaos' from pillar to post in December 2019 to hand his fellow American his first ever defeat inside the Octagon and retain the UFC welterweight title.

But this time Covington has vowed to set things straight and will be aiming to send Usman a step closer to retirement.   

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Or, as he puts it, 'it's going to be a life-changing defeat'. 

Covington told Yahoo Sports: “I’m not going to be a coward. I’m going to give the people what they want.

“If they want this trilogy, I’ll do it right away. The thing is, after I finish him next weekend, he’s not going to want to come back. It’s going to be a life-changing defeat.

“He’s not going to want to come back for the trilogy, he’s probably going to retire.”

Kamaru Usman knocked out Colby Covington in the fifth round

Covington, 33, and Usman, 34, first collided in the main event of UFC 245 in December 2019.

The 33-year-old suffered a broken jaw which required surgery after that fight, in which he lost in the fifth round. 

He has only fought since that fateful night, a fifth-round TKO victory over his former teammate and welterweight champ Tyron Woodley.   

But Covington insists that's not his fault - instead pinning the blame on the rest of the division for apparently being unwilling to step in the cage with him.

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Speaking to ESPN, the 33-year-old said: "It’s been such a journey. It’s been tough. It wasn’t supposed to happen.

"They did not want it to happen. His manager, they were refusing.

"They were trying to find every way in the book out of fighting this rematch.

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"They didn’t want this fight and the only reason they have to take it is the UFC gave them no choice.

"They said, ‘Hey, you fight this fight or we strip you. It’s one or the other.'

"'You’ve got to come out and prove you’re the best in the world. There needs to be no controversy surrounding this fight.’ So it’s been tough.”

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He added: “The fact is no one wanted to fight me. Go to Hunter Campbell, go to Dana White, ask them the truth. No one would fight me.

‘Street Judas’ [Jorge] Masvidal, they wanted to make this big hype fight, best friends turned rivals who hate each other’s guts now.

"He was running his mouth in the media saying all this and that, ‘I’ll drop Colby on sight, that guy’s fragile, blah blah blah.’

"I was trying to put on the biggest and best fights for the UFC.

"No one wanted to take the bait so now we are here and we get the best fight in the welterweight division and it’s gonna be a real treat for the fans.”

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