Kamaru Usman successfully defended his UFC welterweight title by knocking out Colby Covington in the fifth round at main event of UFC 245, which took place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Now, former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping believes that it’s Karma striking back at Covington.
The fight was a highly entertaining one and both fighters went back and forth at each other. In between third and fourth round, Covington told his corner that he had broken his jaw. Despite this, he showed full heart and continued fighting for two more rounds. Through round four, the judges had an extremely close scorecard (3-1 Usman, 3-1 Covington, and 2-2). The referee ultimately stopped the fight in the fifth round.
Michael Bisping has recently said that if Covington’s jaw keeps breaking there’s a real chance that it will affect his career.
“I’m not sure how long the recovery of a broken jaw is. It might not be that long, I think he could be back within six months. But you know, the real recovery from suffering a broken jaw is the mental side of things,” Bisping said on Believe You Me podcast (via MMA News). “You know what I mean? Cause that’s your money maker to a certain degree. They talk about people say, ‘oh his chin is gone.’ But when you’ve broken your f*cking jaw, we’ve seen historically one time someone breaks the jaw it becomes more susceptible to breaking again. And there’s got to be a certain psychological demon there.
“I think if you were to have your jaw broken, you’re definitely gonna be a little gun shy going forward cause you’re like, ‘fuck, last time this jaw got broke.’ And if you start making a habit of getting your jaw broken, you’re a fighter so your career as a fighter is over. It’s done, it’s finished.”
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