The war of words between Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman is over as Usman stopped Covington in the final round of their UFC Welterweight Title fight at UFC 245.
The two welterweights stood and traded heavy shots for over 24 minutes and in the final minute of the main event, Usman landed the shots he needed. He dropped Covington twice in the final moments of the fight and forced the referee to jump in as he hammered Covington on the ground to retain the title. Covington stated that he suffered a broken jaw in the third round of the fight. The fight was very competitive heading into the final minute with one judge having it 3-1 Usman, another seeing it 3-1 Covington, and the final judge having it 2-2 after four.
Here's how fighters reacted to Usman stopping Covington.
Congrats brotha! @USMAN84kg great performance and made WW division great again! --#UFC245— Siyar The Great (@Siyarized) December 15, 2019
Terrible stoppage!! #UFC245 That sucks! Colby was going to lose that 5th RD bad, and lose the fight, BUT that stoppage was not right. He was still “intelligently defending” himself, as per the rule book.— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) December 15, 2019
Wow what a 5th Round. The champ turned it up when he needed to #UFC245— Damien Brown ダミアン・ブラウン (@beatdown155) December 15, 2019
Congratulations to the champion @USMAN84kg for the win, you’re the champion for a reason. Tough, hard fought fight by both. Colby is super tough and showed it again. @ufc #UFC245— Demian Maia (@demianmaia) December 15, 2019
What a performance by @USMAN84kg !! Stayed composed and stuck to the game plan! Congrats my friend! @ColbyCovMMA is one tough dude!!!! Great night of fights #ufc245— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) December 15, 2019
Is Colby retiring right now? #UFC245— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) December 15, 2019
Colby Covington is a tough gamed opponent . No need to be such a douche . Talking about dead people . Get your shit together young man ! Great fight #UFC245— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) December 15, 2019
Early imo... Happy Usman got the W #ufc245— Zachary Makovsky (@ZachFunSize) December 15, 2019
Usman put him away. Omg! Amazing fight by both fighters. What a killer, in the 5th round. Incredible! #UFC245— Tatiana Suarez (@tatianaufc) December 15, 2019
WOW 5th round finish? USMAN CAME TO KILL --— Manny Gamburyan (@MannyGamburyan) December 15, 2019
Yessssss you snowflake— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) December 15, 2019
Thank you my brother @USMAN84kg for making America great against ----. #UFC245— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) December 15, 2019
Fffffff yeah @USMAN84kg @henrihooft @CoachGJones #HooftKickboxing #UFC245— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) December 15, 2019
All this fight is showing me is that 2020 I become a world champion— Leon 'Rocky' Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) December 15, 2019
Maybe its karma @ColbyCovMMA got his jaw broke in the third... whatever higher power wants him to shut his fucking mouth --— Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) December 15, 2019
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