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UFC 268: Usman vs. Covington 2 predictions

Another instant classic expected

Colby Covington has an opportunity at UFC 268 to make a statement on the world’s biggest stage Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

Covington (16-2-0) is rematching welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (18-1-0) in an eagerly anticipated main event. Can “Chaos” back up his talk and take down “The Nigerian Nightmare?”

Halle Berry will be octagonside.

Kenai Andrews checks in with this thoughts on the card.

UFC 268 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS: (6:00PM ET/3:00PM PT)

C.J. VERGARA (9-2-1) VS. ODE OSBOURNE (9-4-0)

Andrews: Osbourne has lost two of his last three bouts.Close fight between two DWCS alum, but I think C.J. bangs out a victorious debut.

Andrews Prediction: C.J. Vergara via TKO

MELSIK BAGHDASARYAN (6-1-0) VS. BRUNO SOUZA (10-1-0)

Andrews: Souza is making his debut. Melsik made an impressive debut and he has the advantage here.

Andrews Prediction: Melsik Baghdasaryan via TKO

DUSTIN JACOBY (15-5-1) VS. JOHN ALLAN (13-6-0)

Andrews: Dustin needs to avoid the big shot and if he can, should land his own.

Andrews Prediction: Dustin Jacoby via TKO

GIAN VILLANTE (17-13-0) VS. CHRIS BARNETT (21-7-0)

Andrews: Villante is 2-6-0 in his last eight bouts and looked out of shape at the weigh-ins. No wonder he is retiring. And yet Curtis is 5-9 and 35 years old and almost 265 pounds. Villante better win.

Andrews Prediction: Gian Villante via TKO

UFC 268 PRELIMS (8PM ET/5PM PT)

IAN GARRY (7-0-0) VS. JORDAN WILLIAMS (9-5-0, 1NC)

Andrews: Ian Garry makes Cagewarriors proud tonight.

Andrews Prediction: Ian Garry via UD

EDMEN SHAHBAZYAN (11-2-0) VS. NASSOURDINE IMAVOV (10-3-0)

Andrews: Another big test for Edmen. I’m not sure he can pull it off. I am leaning towards the Frenchman.

Andrews Prediction: Nassourdine Imavov via UD

PHIL HAWES (11-2-0) VS. CHRIS CURTIS (26-8-0)

Andrews: Curtis is making his debut at 34 years old. Advantage: Megatron.

Andrews Prediction: Phil Hawes via TKO

AL IAQUINTA (14-6-1) VS. BOBBY GREEN (27-12-1)

Andrews: Close bout, but I think Iaquinta’s grappling becomes key.

Andrews Prediction: Al Iaquinta via UD

ALEX PEREIRA (3-1-0) VS. ANDREAS MICHAILIDIS (13-4-0)

Andrews: The GLORY king will overcome the UFC jitters and make an impressive debut.

Andrews Prediction: Alex Pereira via TKO

MAIN CARD (10PM ET/7PM PT)

#5 MICHAEL CHANDLER (22-6-0) VS. #2 JUSTIN GAETHJE (22-3-0)

Andrews: Chandler will overcome Gaethje.

Andrews Prediction: Michael Chandler via TKO

#14 SHANE BURGOS (13-3-0) VS. BILLY QUARANTILLO (16-3-0)

Andrews: Close bout, but I think Billy enters the top 15 with a big win.

Andrews Prediction: Billy Quarantillo via TKO

#8 FRANKIE EDGAR (24-9-1) VS. #13 MARLON VERA (17-7-1)

Andrews: Edgar is aging and 2-4-0 in his last six bouts, but to top competition.  I think he still has enough in the tank to grind out a decision against Vera.

Andrews Prediction: Frankie Edgar via UD

ROSE NAMAJUNAS (10-4-0) VS. WEILI ZHANG (21-2-0)

Andrews: Rose comes through once again with another quick strike.

Andrews Prediction: Rose Namajunas via TKO

MAIN EVENT

KAMARU USMAN (19-1-0) VS. #1 COLBY COVINGTON (16-2-0)

Andrews: Usman has to be careful not to let his emotions get the better of him. I think he will start of striking but try to use more of his wrestling to get the submission. Covington needs to come out guns blazing because the longer the fight goes, the more the advantage swings to Usman. Usman is the Black Panther. He cannot fall to this guy.

Andrews Prediction: Kamaru Usman via submission

Enjoy the fights!

@kenaiandrews

KenaiAndrewshttps://www.mmacrossfire.com
Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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