Saturday Exclusively on ESPN+ PPV: UFC 268: Usman vs. Covington 2

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Saturday Exclusively on ESPN+ PPV: UFC 268: Usman vs. Covington 2

UFC is Back in the Big Apple   

Two Title Fight Rematches Cap an Incredible Eight Days of Action 

on the Heels of UFC 267 in Abu Dhabi 

Main Card starts at 10 p.m. ET Exclusively on ESPN+ PPV   

Prelims at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+, ESPNEWS and ESPN Deportes   

Early Prelims at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+   

UFC Live on ESPN2 kicks off coverage Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET   

To sign up or purchase PPV, visit ESPNPlus.com/PPV  

Capping a historic week unprecedented in more than a decade, the second numbered UFC event in eight days is this Saturday, Nov. 6, when UFC returns to New York’s famed Madison Square Garden with UFC 268: Usman vs. Covington 2 live on ESPN+ PPV at 10 p.m. ET.  Prelims will air on ESPN+, ESPNEWS and ESPN Deportes at 8 p.m. with early prelims at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN+.  Live coverage starts with UFC Live presented by DraftKings: Usman vs. Covington 2 on Friday, Nov. 5, at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN2 providing fans with exclusive insights and views on the biggest stories heading into Fight Night.    

The main event features a rematch between UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (19-1) and No. 1-ranked challenger and former interim champ Colby Covington (16-2). Usman defeated Covington by fifth-round technical knockout in their first clash at UFC 245 in 2019. He enters the Octagon with an impressive 18-fight-unbeaten streak.  Covington has only fought once since then, a victory over former champion Tyron Woodley more than a year ago. Covington, whose loss to Usman is his only defeat in his last nine matches, has notable victories over former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and former UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos.  

The co-main event between UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas (11-4) and former champion Zhang Weili (21-2) is a rematch just six months after UFC 261 in which then-reigning champ Weili lost the belt in a first-round “Knockout of the Year” contender.  With the win, Namajunas became the first woman in UFC history to regain a championship after losing the belt.  She has won eight of her last 10 fights.  Weili, the first Chinese fighter to win a UFC title, has won 21 of her last 22 bouts.  Overall, she has 17 finished in 21 victories.     

Calling the action will be play-by-play announcer Jon Anik, alongside analysts former two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier and Joe Rogan. Megan Olivi will handle reporting duties.   

ESPN.com 

  • How Colby Covington saw the first fight against Kamaru Usman. 
  • Five questions for UFC 268: Is Colby Covington the toughest challenge for Kamaru Usman? 
  • Expert picks — How can Covington, Zhang avenge their losses?   
  • How Trevor Wittman prepared Kamaru Usman, Rose Namajunas, Justin Gaethje and himself for UFC 268. 
  • Friday: The new Zhang Weili, by Marc Raimondi 
  • Saturday: UFC 268 Viewers Guide, by Brett Okamoto and Jeff Wagenheim  

Social: @ESPNMMA TwitterFacebook and Instagram. 

Fans can sign-up for ESPN+ at any time at ESPN.comESPNPlus.com, or on the ESPN App.   

Programming (All times ET)  

Thu., 11/4  5 p.m.  UFC 268 Press Conference  ESPN App, ESPNMMA YouTube 
Fri., 11/5  3:30 p.m.  UFC Live 268 presented by DraftKings: 

Usman vs. Covington 2 

ESPN2 
5 p.m.  UFC 268 Ceremonial Weigh-In  ESPN App, ESPNMMA YouTube 
6:05 p.m.  UFC 268 Pre-Show presented by Toyo Tires: Usman vs. Covington 2  ESPN+ 
Sat., 11/6  6 p.m.  UFC 268: Usman vs. Covington 2 

(Early Prelims) 

ESPN+ 
8 p.m.  UFC 268 presented by Modelo:  Usman vs. Covington 2 (Prelims)  ESPN+, ESPNEWS,  

ESPN Deportes 

10 p.m.  UFC 268: Usman vs. Covington 2  

(Main Card)  

ESPN+ PPV 
1 a.m.*  UFC 268 Post Show presented by Toyo Tires: Usman vs. Covington 2  ESPN+ 

* immediately following main card   

Main Card and Prelims (All times ET) 

10 PM  Main  Kamaru Usman (C) vs. Colby Covington  UFC Welterweight Championship 
Co-Main  Rose Namajunas (C) vs. Zhang Weili  UFC Strawweight Championship 
Undercard  Frankie Edgar vs. Marlon Vera   
Undercard  Shane Burgos vs. Billy Quarantillo   
Undercard  Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler   
8 PM  Feature  Alex Pereira vs. Andreas Michailidis   
Undercard  Al Iaquinta vs. Bobby Green   
Undercard  Phil Hawes vs. Chris Curtis   
Undercard  Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Nassourdine Imamov   
6 PM  Feature  Ian Garry vs. Jordan Williams   
Undercard  Gian Villante vs. Chris Barnett   
Undercard  Dustin Jacoby vs. John Allan   
Undercard  Melsik Baghdasaryan vs. TJ Laramie   
Undercard  CJ Vergara vs. Ode Osbourne   

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Dave Nagle

As I write this on 11-11-21, it's now 35 years for me at ESPN, the only real job I’ve ever had. I joined merely to help with the upcoming America’s Cup in Australia. I was told it would be for three months at all of $5.50 per hour. I like to say I simply kept showing up. I’ve worked on almost every sport, plus answered viewer calls and letters (people used to write!), given tours, written the company newsletter and once drove NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon to the local airport. My travels have been varied…I’ve been to Martinsville, Darlington, Indy and Super Bowls; the America’s Cup (all 3) in San Diego and College GameDay in the sport’s meccas such as Eugene, Auburn, Lubbock, Stillwater and more; the NBA Finals, Wimbledon (16 times and counting) and the “other Bristol,” the one with a race track in Tennessee. These days, my main areas are tennis, UFC, boxing, network-wide ratings (by month/quarter/year), and corporate communications documents, including fact sheets, chronologies, lists and nearly 35 of the Year in Review press releases. UPDATE EXACTLY ONE YEAR LATER: Today, November 11, 2022, I am retiring from ESPN -- 36 years to the day I began. As I ride off into the sunset – top down and E Street Radio blaring – I do so with so many wonderful memories, proud of my contributions and a heart full of gratitude for the opportunity. 
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