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UFC 245: Usman pounds out gritty Covington late to retain title

Usman reigns supreme at 170

Welterweight challenger Colby Covington (15-2-0) made things interesting with a gritty performance, but Kamaru Usman (16-1-0) successfully defended his title in Las Vegas Saturday night with a fifth round stoppage in the main event of UFC 245.

Covington drew much of the ire in the crowd, but took a page from Alexander Volkanovski, using a high energy pace to draw Usman in. But from the walkout, Usman was calm and collected.

With nary a takedown in sight, both wrestlers battled it out on the feet, with Covington landing good shots that made Usman think. But a suspected broken jaw after the third round affected his output and Usman started to move in.

It took the final round for some separation, in which Usman landed some hard shots and knocked down Covington. The “Nigerian Nightmare” swarmed with more shots and hammerfists that forced him into a shell. Referee Marc Goddard called the fight at 4:10.

With the win, Usman has now won 15 straight contests. Covington had a seven fight win streak snapped and exited the octagon immediately after the loss.

Usman and Covington earned Fight of the Night while Petr Yan and Irene Aldana took home performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

PUNAHELE SORIANO VS. OSKAR PIECHOTA

WINNER: PUNAHELE SORIANO VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 3:17

ANDREWS PREDICTION: PUNAHELE SORIANO VIA TKO

Andrews: Soriano came in like his car was double-parked and got Piechota out of there fast. Great win.

#2 JESSICA EYE VS. #5 VIVIANE ARAJUO 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1206002348063113217

WINNER: JESSICA EYE VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: VIVIANE ARAJUO VIA UD 

Andrews: Good win for Eye, but she missed weight.

#5 BRANDON MORENO VS. #6 KAI KARA-FRANCE 

 

WINNER: BRANDON MORENO VIA UD (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KAI KARA-FRANCE VIA UD 

Andrews: The aggressiveness of Moreno overcame Kara-France.

CHASE HOOPER VS. DANIEL TEYMUR 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1206012700121346059

WINNER: CHASE HOOPER VIA TKO (ELBOWS) R1 4:34

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DANIEL TEYMUR VIA UD 

Andrews: Wow! Hooper almost got caught, but turned things around impressively. To be 20 years old and victorious in the UFC.

PRELIMS

MATT BROWN VS. BEN SAUNDERS

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1206022042614665216

WINNER: MATT BROWN VIA TKO (ELBOWS AND PUNCHES) R2 4:55

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MATT BROWN VIA TKO

Andrews: Yep. Brown eventually wore Saunders down and then pounded him out.

IAN HEINISCH VS. OMARI AKHMEDOV

WINNER: OMAR AKHMEDOV VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: IAN HEINISCH VIA UD 

Andrews: Good win for Omar, but again, not a barnburner of a fight.

#2 KETLEN VIEIRA VS. #10 IRENE ALDANA 

WINNER: IRENE ALDANA VIA TKO (PUNCH) R1 4:51

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KETLEN VIEIRA VIA UD 

Andrews: Wow! That’s the first flash of brilliance from Aldana in the octagon. Let’s hope it continues.

#14 GEOFF NEAL VS. MIKE PERRY 

UFC 245

WINNER: GEOFF NEAL VIA TKO (HEAD KICK AND PUNCHES) R1 1:30

Andrews: That was pretty quick. Excellent work from Neal.

MAIN CARD 

#4 PETR YAN VS. #12 URIJAH FABER

WINNER: PETR YAN VIA TKO (HEAD KICK) R3 0:43

ANDREWS PREDICTION:  PETR YAN VIA TKO

Andrews: As predicted, Yan overcame Faber and produced a great moment.

#1 MARLON MORAES VS. JOSE ALDO

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1206064504817082368

WINNER: MARLON MORAES VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARLON MORAES VIA UD 

Andrews: Aldo did well but Marlon impressed the judges more, somehow.

AMANDA NUNES VS. #1 GERMAINE DE RANDAMIE 

WINNER: AMANDA NUNES VIA UD (49-44, 49-46, 49-45)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: AMANDA NUNES VIA TKO

Andrews: Moral victories are unacceptable at this level, but De Randamie should not be ashamed of her performance. She almost put Nunes away in the fourth.

MAX HOLLOWAY VS. #1 ALEXANDER VOLKANOVSKI

WINNER: ALEXANDER VOLKANOVKSI VIA UD (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MAX HOLLOWAY VIA UD 

Andrews: Wow! Impressive showing by Alexander the Great! No one has been able to do it like that to Max!

MAIN EVENT

KAMARU USMAN VS. #2 COLBY COVINGTON

WINNER: KAMARU USMAN VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R5 4:10

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KAMARU USMAN VIA UD 

Andrews: Wow! Give Covington credit – he came to fight – but Usman slowly turned up the heat and then pounded him out late.

@kenaiandrews UFC 245: Usman pounds out gritty Covington late to retain title

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