With UFC 266 on the books September 25 in Las Vegas, it’s never too early to anticipate the next time the mixed martial arts franchise comes to New York. Of course, we still have UFC 267 scheduled for Abu Dhabi on October 30, but it won’t be long after that when Usman vs. Covington 2 securities Madison Square Garden on November 6, ESPN reports.
This is the biggest fighting event in MSG since Jorge Masvidal beat Nate Diaz almost two years to the day at UFC 244 on November 2, 2019. Since 2016, when the New State Athletic Commission York sanctioned MMA fights, the Garden hosted a major UFC event every November, with epic matches such as Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez, Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson, Georges St. Pierre vs. Michael Bisping and Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis I. This event did not take place last year. due to the COVID hiatus, fans will therefore be eager to return to full capacity.
The projected combat card
Anything can happen over the next couple of months, and a women’s bantamweight fight between Germaine de Randamie and Irene Aldana has already been called off due to an injury to de Randamie. That being said, UFC 268 still seems to be action-packed with 14 fights on the schedule. Highlights of these include:
Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler
A lot of people call UFC 268 the biggest MMA event of the year, and you know it’s a crazy card when Gaethje vs. Chandler isn’t even a co-headliner. Gaethje (22-3) enters the Octagon for the first time since losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov last October in a lightweight title fight. The loss broke a 4-game winning streak for Gaethje.
Chandler (22-6) also needs a rebound after winning his first three UFC fights (after a successful 10-year career at Bellator) before being knocked out by Charles Oliveira in the 2nd round as a headlining at UFC 262 in a title fight for Nurmagomedov’s vacant light belt. Chandler and Gaethje haven’t been big fans of each other in recent months, with Chandler hinting on social media that Gaethje has avoided fighting him “3 or 4 times in the past.” Gaethje is a -180 favorite here.
Rose Namajunas vs. Zhang Weili
The Garden co-star looks to be a good one, with Rose Namajunas (11-4) looking for a repeat of her 1:18 knockout of Zhang Weili (21-2) at UFC 261 to win the women’s title straw weights.
It was Zhang’s first loss in 7 years, and she’ll be eager to return to the Octagon to regain her belt and stage the inevitable trilogy fight next year. Both fighters are listed at -110 in the odds.
It is already possible to bet online on fights in the Octagon in several states of the United States. Probably the residents of one of the wealthiest cities in the country, New York, will have the same opportunity in 2022 or 2023. At the same time, according to the dedicated sports betting portal NYfreebet.com, online sports betting is already happening. licensed in neighboring New Jersey.
Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington
Kamaru Usman (19-1) is one of the first -280 favorites to enter his welterweight title defense against Colby Covington (16-2). Usman has truly been a Nigerian nightmare starting his UFC career 14-0, winning the welterweight title from Tyron Woodley in March 2019 and having four successful defenses since then. One of them was at UFC 245 against Covington, in a 5th round stoppage that many consider one of the division’s top five fights over the past decade. Covington bounced back from that December 2019 loss with a Tyron Woodley TKO in September 2020, so he’s rested and ready.
UFC 268 fight details
The UFC returns to Mecca on Saturday, November 6, 2021 with the preliminary cards starting at 6:15 p.m. The Octagon has been taking center stage at MSG for a long time, so it will be an event for the ages.