The UFC 245 was a pure spectacle, which will be the subject of many talks in the months to come. We’ve seen two champions defending their belts, and one of the greatest losing his title. Kamaru Usman shut Colby Covington’s mouth, Amanda Nunes once again proved why is she the best female fighter ever, while Alexander Volkanovski defeated Max Holloway and took the featherweight title.
Usman Earns a Win After a Spectacle
Usman had to dig deep in order to retain his belt, due to Covington’s open and aggressive approach, which created him a lot of troubles. He was at least and even fighter in this match up until the end. The fans at the T-Mobile arena had an opportunity to see one very good bout with two guys who didn’t have any special tactics when it comes to their approach in the octagon.
Both Usman and Colby were direct and wanted to inflict as many hits to the opponent as possible. We would often see exchanges in which both of them received and gave two, three clean punches.
Eventually, Covington didn’t have enough power in the last round, and with an already broken jaw, he couldn’t resist the champ. The challenger hit Usman with a jab, but he experienced a vicious counter, which sent him on the ground. The Nigerian immediately jumped onto him to close the match, which he did.
Following the event, he stated that at the moment, there isn’t a fighter in the welterweight division with a stronger mentality than him.
Volkanovski Upsets Holloway
The new star on the UFC heaven is born. Alexander Volkanovski (21-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) posted his 18th straight win against Max Holloway (21-5 MMA, 17-5 UFC) and took away his belt.
The Aussie executed his gameplan perfectly, without a single situation in which he went out of boundaries of predicted. He would harass Holloway with powerfull kicks, focusing his attention towards Blessed’s left leg. Eventually, that gave results, by forcing Holloway to change his stance, which made the hob for the Great much easier.
All three judges gave him the advantage, and the reign of one of the best-ever in this division ended.
“I am going to be a champion for a long time,” Volkanovski said.
Nunes’ Second Win Over de Randamie
The Lioness (19-4 MMA, 12-1 UFC) retained her bantamweight title via unanimous decision against de Randamie (9-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC). Although, this time, unlike the first match between them, she had some unpredicted situations.
The Dutch muay thai fighter inflicted several massive strikes to the champion who was visibly shaken. However, Nunes dominated the entire bout, due to her wrestling advantage, from which the challenger had no defense.
Each time she wanted to take down the rival, Nunes did, and in the majority situations, she dominated. Though we need to say, that despite her inferiority in this one de Randamie wasn’t outpowered or beaten, she simply didn’t attack too much but defended quite well.
The next UFC event is next week between Edgar and Chang Sung Jung.