Kamaru Usman Discloses He Broke His Right Hand Three Weeks Before UFC 268

Kamaru Usman

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 06: Kamaru Usman of Nigeria prepares to fight Colby Covington in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 268 event at Madison Square Garden on November 06, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman recently disclosed that he entered his anticipated rematch with Colby Covington with a broken hand.

Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington’s rematch unfolded as fans expected, an all-out barn-burner. The heated rivalry has continued in the aftermath of Kamaru Usman’s hand being raised, despite the respect shown at the final bell. In the rematch, fans didn’t know that Kamaru Usman entered the matchup with Covington with a broken hand, which makes the victory even more impressive.

Kamaru Usman on Broken Hand

“I broke it before the fight. Most people didn’t know that,” Usman said on the Nelk Boys’ Full Send podcast. “I broke it three weeks before and I didn’t throw it until the day of the fight, I didn’t throw it until I was backstage when you are warming up before the fight. I didn’t throw my hands for three weeks, my right hand.”

Usman also stated that the incident occurred while in sparring while landing a right hand on team-mate Justin Gaethje.

“I broke it on someone’s head, Justin Gaethje’s head,” Kamaru Usman said.

Kamaru Usman expressed some frustration on not finishing Covington but did state he was happy overall with his performance, despite the hand injury.

The decision win over Covington marked “The Nigerian Nightmares” fifth title defence since dethroning Tyron Woodley. Kamaru Usman has showcased that he’s a promoter’s dream, staying active and willing to compete regularly, closing out 2021 with three wins. Jorge Masvidal, Gilbert Burns, and Colby Covington have all tried and failed. Nothing is in writing for Usman’s next opponent as of yet. However, rumours are circling that he will meet Leon Edwards. But, for now, all his focus is on healing.

What do you make of Usman powering through the fight with a broken hand?


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