Las Vegas hosted UFC 245, the last event of 2019. In one of the main fights, Kamaru Usman knocked out Colby Covington and defended his welterweight title. Amanda Nunez also retained the belt, defeating Jermaine de Randamie. Max Holloway lost to Alex Wolkanowski and forfeited the championship.
Usman is one of the most boring champions. He wins with confidence without punching. He makes fights long and wild, but he says little in interviews. Kamaru would have kept quiet if Covington hadn’t pestered him. But thanks to Colby, the fight was promoted and Usman responded stiffly.
“Our war with Colby is absolutely real. Everybody knows about it. It’s not something made up – it’s real. People say they can’t wait for me to finish this guy off. I can’t wait to get out in the cage with him. I’ll teach Covington respect,” Usman issued.
In the beginning, Covington was always far away and he had been outboxing Usman. Colby was quicker and Kamaru could not keep up with his opponent’s hands. Sometimes he used his legs, which confused Usman. At the end of the first round, the champion came to his senses but recovered at the end of second round.
But the fight was getting as close as it could get, short of knocking each other out. Covington was throwing in a few high kicks and shrimps per round still in the breaks, sometimes it even looked like Usman had backed down. And yet he never went down for good.
In the fifth round, it was really close. One referee counted 3-1 in favor of Covington and another did the same for Usman. But by this point, Kamaru had already broken Colby’s jaw – powerful punches from the champion were constantly hitting him. Before the championship rounds, Covington sat down in a corner and told his seconds that something was bad. Nevertheless, he continued to fight but did not make any conclusions.
The outcome of the fight
The fighters did not try to make a take-down in the whole 24 minutes. The whole time they were chopping each other on their feet. Colby’s face was very distorted. It was not until the end of the fight, when Usman made a point, that he won.
Another straight right – Covington knocked out. Colby got up – and down again. The end of the first round also finished with a small takedown that proved to be good enough to stop it. Kamaru Usman is still the UFC welterweight champion. Covington even ran out of the stadium after losing that one.
“His punching skills are pathetic. Usman hasn’t knocked anyone out in his life. He has cushions instead of fists. I will rain such a hail of punches on him that I will break all UFC records,” Covington said before the fight. But he himself was missing more and more.