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UFC 245: Kamaru Usman to defend against former interim champ Colby Covington

Finally. At December’s UFC 245, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (15-1-0) will stare across the octagon to a vocal and former interim champion who believed at one point he was getting a raw deal (and perhaps still does) from his organization – No. 2ย Colby Covington (15-1-0).

The UFC confirmed the bout earlier this evening.

Usman, 32, will be defending the belt for the first time since he defeated Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 in March. He is on nine fight win streak since winning TUF 21 in 2015.

Meanwhile, Covington, 31, recently earned a convincing unanimous decision win over Robbie Lawler at UFC on ESPN 5 in August. He is riding a seven fight win streak, yet previously attracted the ire of president Dana White for not accepting fights, and stripped him of the interim title for specifically not accepting the Woodley title unification bout in September 2018.

Usman replaced Covington and the rest is history.

He was then tied to a fight with Jorge Masvidal but that fell apart, with Masvidal taking on Nate Diaz instead at New York’s UFC 244 in November.

The bickering will almost certainly continue on social media, but at least fight fans have the fight that will finally settle the parity for them in the welterweight division.

UFC 245 is scheduled for Dec. 14 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Current bouts include:

Kamaru Usman (15-1-0) vs. Colby Covington (15-1-0)

Max Holloway (21-4-0) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (20-1-0)

Amanda Nunes (18-4-0) vs. Germaine de Randamie (9-3-0)

Robbie Lawler (28-14-0) vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-3-0)

Sergio Pettis (18-5-0) vs. Kai Kara-France (20-7-0)

Punahele Soriano (6-0-0) vs. Oskar Piechota (11-2-1)

Matt Brown (21-16-0) vs. Ben Saunders (22-12-2)

Jessica Eye (14-7-0) vs. Viviane Arajuo (8-1-0)

More bouts are expected to be announced.


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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