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UFC on ESPN+ 36: Colby Covington stops Tyron Woodley in the final round

'Chaos' reigns supreme

Colby Covington’s run toward another welterweight title shot continued Saturday night with an emphatic fifth-round TKO victory over former champion Tyron Woodley at UFC on ESPN+ 36 in Las Vegas.

The bad blood between the two continued into the fight but Covington used his wrestling and strikes to pile up the points on Woodley, particuarly in the fourth round, where he landed 113 strikes to Woodley’s two.

Covington’s onslaught continued in the fifth, with the referee stopping the bout in the fifth round due to a rib injury sustained by Woodley.

The win puts Covington back into the winner’s circle after getting stopped by Kamaru Usman in his previous contest. Woodley has now lost three consecutive bouts.

Mackenzie Dern, Randy Costa, Damon Jackson, and Khamzat Chimaev all earned performances of the night and a $50,000 USD bonus apiece.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the main card.

In case you missed the prelims:

TYSON NAM DEF. JEROME RIVERA VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 0:34

ANDRE EWELL DEF. IRWIN RIVERA VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

RANDY COSTA DEF. JOURNEY NEWSON VIA KO (HEAD KICK) R1 0:41

DARRICK MINER DEF. T.J. LARAMIE VIA SUBMISSION (GUILLOTINE CHOKE) R1 0:52

JESSICA ROSE-CLARK DEF. SARAH ALPER VIA TKO (PUNCH AND KNEE) R3 4:21

MAYRA BUENO SILVA DEF. MARA ROMERO BORELLA VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R1 2:29

DAMON JACKSON DEF. MIRSAD BEKTIC VIA SUBMSSION (GUILOTINE CHOKE) R3 1:21

DAVID DVORAK DEF. JORDAN ESPINOSA VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MAIN CARD 

KEVIN HOLLAND VS. DARREN STEWART 

KEVIN HOLLAND VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KEVIN HOLLAND VIA UD

Andrews: Good fight. Stewart put in a strong third round but it wasn’t enough.

#15 MACKENZIE DERN VS. RANDA MARKOS

WINNER: MACKENZIE DERN VIA SUBMISSION (ARMBAR) R1 3:44

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MACKENZIE DERN VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: This will be a good test for Dern. Is her striking and grappling good enough to overcome the veteran Markos? Dern’s improvements should be revealed or exposed in this contest.

Andrews Prediction: Mackenzie Dern via submission

#11 JOHNNY WALKER VS. #12 RYAN SPANN

WINNER: JOHNNY WALKER VIA TKO. (ELBOWS AND PUNCHES) R1 2:43

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RYAN SPANN VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: What a comeback by Walker. Great win, but there is still work to do.

KHAMZAT CHIMAEV VS. GERALD MEERSCHEART

WINNER: KHAMZAT CHIMAEV VIA TKO (STRIKES) R1 0:17

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KHAMZAT CHIMAEV VIA TKO

Andrews: Wow!

DONALD CERRONE VS. NIKKO PRICE 

https://twitter.com/ufc/status/1307501053542359042?s=20

WINNER: MAJORITY DRAW (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: NIKO PRICE VIA TKO

Andrews: The eye poke cost Price big time. Cerrone didn’t lose but he didn’t look great. Time to hang them up, Cowboy.

MAIN EVENT

#2 COLBY COVINGTON VS. #5 TYRON WOODLEY

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WINNER: COLBY COVINGTON VIA TKO (DOCTOR’S STOPPAGE) R5 1:19

ANDREWS PREDICTION: COLBY COVINGTON VIA TKO

Andrews: Covington looked strong, while Woodley faded. It’s time for Woodley to hang them up, just like Cowboy.

@kenaiandrews UFC on ESPN+ 36: Colby Covington stops Tyron Woodley in the final round

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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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