A big event for the UFC was held in Las Vegas. The main match of the night was when Kamaru Usman knocked out Colby Covington and defended his welterweight title. Amanda Nunez also retained the belt, defeating Jermaine de Randamie, while Max Holloway lost to Alex Wolkanowski and forfeited the championship.
Usman is a champion who does not fight. He wins without punching and talks little in interviews. Kamaru would have kept quiet if Covington had not pestered him, but thanks to Colby, the fight was promoted and Usman responded in a stiff way.
“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.
Covington was boxing before Usman. His hands were quick and he was jogging around. Usman couldn’t keep up with Colby’s quick hands and sometimes he used his legs, which confused Usman. The champion came to his senses at the end of the second round.
The fight was getting close. Covington was kicking high in the breaks, like he might have been going down. But then he didn’t go down and it wasn’t a real knockdown.
By the fifth round, it was even. One referee counted 3-1 in favour of Covington, one said it was 2-2 and one said it was also 3-1 for Usman. But by this point, Kamaru had already broken Colby’s jaw – powerful right straights from the champion were constantly hitting the target. Before the championship rounds, Covington sat down in the corner and told his seconds that it was bad. Nevertheless he continued to fight but made no conclusions.
The outcome of the fight
In the fight, the base fighters Covington and Usman made no take-down attempts. There was a lot of chopping and Colby’s face was ugly. The only bright point at the end of the fight was when Usman did something good.
Another right punch – Covington knocked down. Colby got up and then fell down again. A small takedown which was enough to stop it. Kamaru Usman is the UFC welterweight champion. Covington left the stadium after 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.