UFC 268 Usman vs Covington 2 – LIVE RESULTS: Main event NOW, Gaethje and Chandler in hospital – stream FREE, TV channel

KAMARU USMAN won the first fight, but he'll defend his title again as he takes on Colby Covington at UFC 268 in a huge grudge rematch TONIGHT.

The welterweight champ beat Covington by 5th round TKO nearly two years ago but the fight was a close one up until the stoppage came.

Madison Square Garden in New York City will play host to the huge event.

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  • Prelims start time: Midnight GMT
  • Main card start time: 2am GMT

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    THE NIGHTMARE ARRIVES

    Kamaru Usman is ready for his fifth defence of the welterweight title.

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    COVINGTON IS READY

    Colby Covington is in the octagon and ready to exact revenge of Kamaru Usman.

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    MAIN EVENT TIME

    In just matter of moments, Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington are about to go to war for a second time.

    Will The Nigerian Nightmare's terrifying reign over the welterweight division continue or will Chaos soon reign over the weight class?

    We'll soon find out.

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    THUG ROSE GETS THE NOD

    Rose Namajunas is still the UFC women's strawweight champion courtesy of a split-decision victory over Zhang Weili.

    The judges scored the closely contested fight 48-47, 47-48, 49-46 in her favour.

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    ROUND FIVE – NAMAJUNAS VS ZHANG

    Namajunas is looking to pepper the challenger from outside and utilise her strikes.

    Huge takedown for the champion with just over a minute gone in the round.

    Big shots land for Namajunas inside full guard. Namajunas is doing a beautiful job keeping Zhang on her back and landing shots.

    Zhang bucks Namajunas off her but doesn't make the most of the opportunity to get back to her feet.

    The champ continues to go to work inside the guard until the buzzer goes.

    Yet another compelling fight at the Garden. I have the fight 3-2 to Namajunas. We await the judges' scorecards.

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    ROUND FOUR – NAMAJUNAS VS ZHANG

    Zhang is continuing to punish Namjaunas with more debilitating calf kicks. But the champ lands a big overhand right moments later.

    Takedown for the challenger, who is trying to take the back of the champ.

    The challenger loses her hooks and is now on her back fending off the Mlwaukee native.

    Namajunas has done well to maintain the position but has done very little from full guard.

    A nice elbow from Zhang is met with two punches from Namajunas with seconds of the round remaining.

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    ROUND THREE – NAMAJUNAS VS ZHANG

    Zhang is happy to operate on the outside and is looking to counter the champ.

    Another hard low leg kick lands for the former champion, who I've got up on the scorecards.

    Namajunas is doing a better job of managing distance this round. A nice right hand over the top lands for Namajunas.

    Namajunas looks to close the distance but doesn't find a home for her strikes.

    Zhang gets sat down by a right hand after landing a low leg kick.

    They clinch on the fence and Namajunas lands two nice improvised shoulder strikes.

    Both women land heavy leather in a fiercy exchange. Zhang stings the champ with a left hook before securing a takedown.

    Zhang takes her back before quickly moving to mount with just seconds of the round remaining.

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    ROUND TWO – NAMAJUNAS VS ZHANG

    Namajunas is having a difficult time deaking with Zhang's lateral movement, which wasn't present in their first meeting in April.

    Zhang steps in anad lands a big combination flush on the chin of the champ.

    Namajunas is allowing Zhang to come into her range and not making use of her reach advantage.

    Hard low kick lands for Zhang.

    Huge left hand rocks Namajunas but Zhang isn't going in for the kill. Namajunas throws a front high kick but gets taken down off it.

    An upkick from Namajunas keeps Zhang on her toes as she looks to posture.

    Namajunas bounces back to her feet but soon finds herself in a clinch. A much-needed takedown for the American, who ends the round on top.

    The buzzer goes. This one is warming up nicely.

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    ROUND ONE – NAMAJUNAS VS ZHANG

    Namajunas is looking to stay on the outside and utilise her speed and reach advantages.

    Three good calf kicks land for the challenger Zhang. Namajunas closes the distances and lands a good one-two combination.

    Zhang misses right hand and gets countered.

    Takedown for the former champion who is in full guard and looking to go to work.

    Zhang stands up and lands a huge left hand on the downed champion. Namajunas manages to work her way back to her feet, much to teh delight of the champion,

    A nice body kick lands for Zhang after the separation. Zhang lands a good right hand and follows up with a partially blocked left high kick.

    Namajunas trips Zhang seconds before the buzzer goes. Round one to the challenger.

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    THE CHAMP

    Rose Namajunas makes her way to the octagon for her rematch with Zhang Weili.

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    CO-MAIN EVENT TIME

    Up next is the eagerly-anticipated strawweight rematch between Rose Namajunas and Zhang Weili.

    The pair locked horns with one another seven months ago at UFC 261, with Namajunas scoring a stunning first-round KO victory.

    Will it be repeat or redemption? We'll soon find out.

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    PICTURE PERFECT

    Marlon Vera's stoppage of Frankie Edgar was shades of Anderson Silva's legendary KO of Vitor Belfort.

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    IT'S OVER

    Huge front kick from Chito Vera stops Frankie Edgar.

    Edgar protests the stoppage, but the referee Todd Anderson made the right decision calling a halt to the contest.

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    ROUND THREE – EDGAR VS VERA

    Vera is well and truly in the ascendency and is stalking former champ Edgar.

    Edgar is trying to operate on the outside but is being overwhelmed by Vera's pace.

    Edgar briefly lands a takedown after catching a body kick from Chito.

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    ROUND TWO – EDGAR VS VERA

    They open the second round with heavy, heavy exchanges. Edgar has found a home for his strikes, which he's mixed up beautiully.

    Vera tries to tag Edgar with a knee up the middle but ends up being taken down.

    The Ecuadorian attempts to land more upkicks from the bottom but Edgar does a better job of defending them.

    And they're back to their feet. Vera is having a hard time pinning down the fleet-footed Edgar.

    But he lands a nice knee up the middle after a brief clinch.

    Flying knee from Vera drops Edgar, although the former champ appears to have made a quick recovery.

    Vera is starting to stalk the former champ, who he hurts with a nasty elbow moments before the round.

    A tense staredown ensues after the buzzer and Vera ends up flipping the bird.

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    ROUND ONE – EDGAR VS VERA

    Edgar seems happy to operate on the outside early and blitzes Chito with combos.

    Takedown attempt for Edgar is stuffed by Vera, who has yet to establish his range with his kicks.

    Vera shrugs off another takedown attempt but gets grounded at the third time of asking.

    Chito attempts to sink a rear naked choke but loses the submission and is now on his back eating ground and pound.

    Vera lands several upkicks that appear to rock Edgar but The Answer survives and is back in the full ground.

    The buzzer goes.

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    BANTAMWEIGHTS UP NEXT

    Up next is a men's bantamweight bout between former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and 135lb contender Marlon Vera.

    Fan favourite Edgar will look to bounce back from a brutal first-round KO loss to Corey Sandhagen.

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    HURRICANE SHANE GETS THE NOD

    Shane Burgos gets the nod, with all three judges awarding him a unanimous decision victory with 29-28, 29-28, 29-28 scorecards.

    That's a huge victory for Burgos, who went into the contest winless in the last two years.

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    ROUND THREE – BURGOS VS QUARANTILLO

    Quarantillo is having really trouble walking after eating all those nasty leg kicks.

    Burgos' leg gives way as he presses forward, but that isn't stopping him from oursing Hurricane Shane.

    Quarantillo looks to get a takedown but eats a knee and gets reversed up against the fence for his troubles.

    They separate and resume their war of attrition on the feet. Burgos is continuing to find the range, although he's seemingly starting to fatigue.

    Quarantillo drops down for a heel hook but fails to cinch the submission.

    The swing until the final buzzer. Another insane fight. I've got Burgos winning via a 29-28 scorecard.

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    ROUND TWO – BURGOS VS QUARANTILLO

    Sadly for Burgos and Quarantillo, the MSG crowd is still coming down from the insane fight that was Justin Gaethje vs Michael Chandler.

    But they're putting on a hell of a show.

    Burgos is still having trouble dealing with jab of Quarantillo but is still finding a home for his leg kicks, one of which dropped his fellow New Yorker.

    Quarantillo's volume is really bothering Burgos.

    But as I say that, Burgos rocks Billy Q late in the round. Somehow, Quarantillo survies and hears the buzzer.

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    ROUND ONE – BURGOS VS QUARANTILLO

    No feeling out process for these guys, who are getting after it straight away.

    Quarantillo lands a good overhand right and follows up with several uppercuts inthe clinch.

    Billy Q is doing a good job repeatedly landing his jab but is worryingly eating a lot of leg kicks.

    A bloodied Burgos looks to tie Quarantillo up in the clinch but is unsucessful. Burgos drops Quarantillo with a right hand and comes close to landing a fight-ending left hook.

    They end the round up against the fence.

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    FEATHERWEIGHTS ON DECK

    Up next is a battle of New Yorkers Shane Burgos and Billy Quarantillo.

    This 145lb showdown is truly a mouthwatering affair.

    Hurricane Shane always brings it and I expect nothing less in this clash with Billy Q.

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    WAR FOR THE AGES

    That fight between Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler well and truly delivered.

    These men are the epitome of warriors.

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    THE HIGHLIGHT PREVAILS

    Justin Gaethje bounces back from his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov with a unanimous decision victory over Michael Chandler.

    The judges scored the contest 29-28, 29-28, 30-27.

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    ROUND THREE – GAETHJE VS CHANDLER

    Michael Chandler's lead leg is in absolute bits, but that isn't stopping Gaethjek from targeting it.

    Huge overhand lands for Chandler, but he eats another hard leg kick for his troubles.

    Good bodywork from Chandler gets cancelled out by a nasty counter from Gaethje.

    Huge uppercut-hook combo lands from Chandler.

    Chandler takes Gaethje for a ride but Gaethje flips his way out of trouble. Insane wrestling.

    Chandler hurts Gaethje with a front kick and is going in for the kill. Monster overhand right lands for Gaethje. My goodness.

    Chandler has his hands down and is walking straight towards Gaethje. What a toughness son of a b***h.

    They've surprisingly slowed down for the final minute. The buzzer goes. What a fight, folks. What a fight.

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