For the primary time in two years, the octagon will take over Madison Sq. Backyard.
UFC confirmed throughout Saturday’s UFC Combat Night time broadcast that it’ll maintain it’s UFC 268 pay-per-view occasion on the World’s Most Well-known Enviornment on Nov. 6.
Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman will defend his crown towards Colby Covington, for the second time, in the primary occasion. The champion stopped Covington by way of fifth-round TKO in December 2019 and efficiently defended his title twice within the first half of this yr.
The opposite confirmed championship bout so far options strawweight titleholder Rose Namajunas in a direct rematch towards Zhang Weili, whom the champ knocked out within the first spherical when the 2 met in April as Namajunas regained the 115-pound crown. Namajunas gained the title the primary time on the Backyard in November 2017.
Different bouts introduced throughout Saturday’s broadcast embody former light-weight title challengers Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler locking horns; Sean Strickland versus former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold at 185 kilos; ex-lightweight champ Frankie Edgar towards Marlon Vera at bantamweight; former girls’s featherweight champ Germaine de Randamie versus Irene Aldana at bantamweight; and one-time light-weight title challenger and Lengthy Island native Al Iaquinta versus Bobby Inexperienced.
The UFC historically holds a marquee occasion on the Backyard in early November, courting again to the 2016 return of MMA to New York after years of lobbying for sanctioning within the state. The COVID-19 pandemic compelled a pause within the promotion holding occasions exterior of Las Vegas or Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The newest cease in Manhattan, UFC 244 on Nov. 2, 2019, was headlined by Jorge Masvidal’s victory over Nate Diaz within the particular one-off BMF championship bout.