UFC 268 kicks off on Saturday, Nov. 6 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The card will be headlined on pay-per-view by a welterweight title rematch between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington.
The main event will get most of the attention, but the entire card is stacked from top to bottom. UFC 268 will be in the running for Fight Card of the Year based on the depth of the card and the impressive matchmaking.
Since this is the UFC’s first event at Madison Square Garden since UFC 244 in November 2019, it is only right to predict how these fights will end up.
Preliminary Card Predictions:
C.J. Vergara def. Ode Osbourne via second-round TKO
Melsik Baghdasaryan def. Bruno Souza via third-round TKO
Aleksa Camur def. John Allan via split decision
Gian Villante def. Chris Barnett via unanimous decision
Ian Garry def. Jordan Williams via split decision
Nassourdine Imavov def. Edmen Shahbazyan via unanimous decision
Phil Hawes def. Chris Curtis via unanimous decision
Bobby Green def. Al Iaquinta via split decision
Alex Pereira def. Andreas Michailidis via third-round KO
Main Card Predictions:
Marlon “Chito” Vera def. Frankie Edgar via unanimous decision
Vera will prove that he is a serious bantamweight contender, and this will unfortunately be the end of the road for Edgar as a title hopeful. Vera’s pace and striking ability will prove to be too much for Edgar, and it will mirror his impressive performance against Davey Grant.
Billy Quarantillo def. Shane Burgos via split decision
This bout will have a high level of intensity and it will be centered around striking. Quarantillo will have a slight edge in the striking part of the fight, which will go a long way for him in edging out Burgos in a split decision.
Justin Gaethje def. Michael Chandler via first-round TKO
The definition of a barn burner is Gaethje vs. Chandler. One false move could result in a stoppage loss for either man. Since this fight will be angled around violence, it favors Gaethje. There is no way this fight does not get off to a hot start, and Gaethje has the skills to take a shot from Chandler and respond with several shots of his own. Expect this fight to end in the early rounds.
Strawweight Title- Co-Main Event: Rose Namajunas def. Weili Zhang via unanimous decision
Rematches are not often granted in title fights, but this one is a rare exception. After Zhang suffered a first-round TKO loss to Namajunas at UFC 261, she was inspired to make an immediate comeback against Namajunas. Although this fight will go the distance, the strawweight champion deserves to be favored and she will lead the dance for five rounds.
Welterweight Title- Main Event: Kamaru Usman def. Colby Covington via fourth-round TKO
The fight will decide the immediate future of the welterweight division. Covington has been waiting for nearly two years to get a second chance at the welterweight championship. Unfortunately for Covington, he is facing a much-improved version of Usman. Nearly two years later, Usman is a better striker, who switched camps to train with Trevor Wittman in Colorado. Usman has leveled up over the past two years and it will be too much for Covington to handle. The first fight was extremely close before the stoppage, but Usman will make adjustments in the second title tilt.