By Izuchukwu Okosi
Nigeria’s Kamaru Usman retained his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 268 Welterweight title Sunday morning at the Madison Square Garden, New York, USA in a difficult fight against challenger, Colby Covington that lasted five rounds.
The Nigerian Nightmare had his fans giving him a standing ovation when he knocked down Covington twice but the American trudged on to see out the third round.
Covington regained some momentum and ditched some jabs but Usman who originally hails from Edo state stood strong and his vast experience told in the end.
Both fighters showed respect for each other and embraced warmly, and ‘sheathing their swords’ following their well documented tiff.
The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ said of his opponent:
“There was a lot of bad blood and I’m sure there will be some still but he is a tough son of a b****. When you share an octagon with someone tough you gain that respect. I can tell his technique and power has come up. I am the pound for pound best alive, we take our time, stay calculated.
“New York, thank you for coming out, I hope we put on a performance for you,” Usman said.
Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
Aside mainstream media and the entertainment industry, he has interests in scouting/unearthing of talents in the sports and creative sectors, exports business and property development.