NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: (L-R) Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington face off during the UFC 245 … [+]
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The UFC’s next pay-per-view card takes place this Saturday. UFC 245 features three title fights at the top of the PPV event. In the main event, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman faces former interim champion Colby Covington in what can only be described as a grudge match.
Usman, who brings a 15-1 record into battle, won the 170-pound title with a decision win over Tyron Woodley in March of this year. The current champion who joined the UFC in 2015 after he won Season 21 of “The Ultimate Fighter” is 10-0 with the promotion.
Covington, who also sports a 15-1 career record, is on a seven-fight winning streak. His sole loss came in 2015 when Warlley Alves submitted him in the first round. Covington began his UFC career in 2014 with three straight wins.
Covington claimed the interim title on June 9, 2018, with a unanimous decision win over ex-lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Covington was later stripped of that belt when he could not face Woodley in a title unification bout as Covington needed nose surgery. Covington is coming off a win over ex-welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler.
When the fight was announced in October, Usman had some pointed things to say about Covington’s MAGA-influenced promotional tactics.
“Let’s be honest, this thing is big,” Usman said (via MMA Junkie). “It’s really, really big. Not just because it’s a fighter against another fighter, it’s what this whole fight represents. I’m an immigrant, and what this guy is putting on, the persona, what’s really behind it? You can’t just fake something if you don’t actually somewhat believe it, so this is much more than just a fight. It represents a lot of different elements, which is going to bring a lot of different people from all walks.”
UFC 245 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.
Before UFC 245 watch the “UFC 245 Countdown: Kamaru Usman vs. Coby Covington video right here.
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