He recently revealed this after suffering the injury three weeks out from fight night while sparring Justin Gaethje.
According to him, he sustained the hand injury three weeks before the fight at Madison Square Garden, and he couldn’t throw his right hand for three weeks.
Kamaru Usman added that Colby was able to recover very quickly because he is a tough fighter, but he was always going to win the fight.
His words, “I broke it before the fight. Most people didn’t know that. I broke it three weeks before and I didn’t throw it a day until the fight itself.”
“I didn’t throw it until right backstage. I didn’t throw my hands for three weeks, my right hand.”
“I broke it on someone’s head. Justin Gaethje’s head. We spar together. Same coach, main training partners-slash-big brother, little brother-slash-two assassins in the same place. He gets the better of me sometimes. Justin Gaethje’s a savage.”
On not wrapping things up in 5 rounds, “I was a little disappointed [that I didn’t get the finish], It’s weird, I was in the back and the whole time I just manifested, I’m like, “I’m gonna knock him out. I’m so much better than him now, I’m gonna knock him out.”
“But what I realized too is that I haven’t thrown my right hand in three weeks leading up to this fight. It takes timing. You have to really be clicking to really be able to find that shot, so this is gonna be the first time I’m throwing my right hand in three and a half weeks.”
“So I get in the fight and I’m going, “Damn, I just can’t find him with that right hand.” But that’s because my timing wasn’t there, but the left hand I was finding him.”
“He’s tough, he showed how tough he was. He was able to recover very quickly. I made him do the Stanky Leg a couple of times, but he was able to recover quickly and hold on and not get finished.”
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