It's not often UFC has two championship fights with unbeaten champions squaring off, but Saturday night's UFC 245 did just that. Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman took on former Interim Welterweight Champion Colby Covington, who never lost his title.
The bout has been preceded by over a year of trash talk. Covington, with the support of President Donald Trump, and Kamaru Usman with the support of virtually everyone else. Tempers were high leading into the fight, with the war of words culminating Saturday night.
The battle between two wrestlers started off as a striking battle in the first round. Covington cracked Usman, who responded with knees in the clinch. There were lots of slips, counters, combos, and good head movement. The stand-up war continued through round two, with both men finding homes for strikes, but Covington utilizing range a bit better. No takedowns were attempted through two rounds -- a shocker.
Covington said that he had his jaw broken in the third round, which featured eye pokes to Usman, comebacks from Covington, and a series of big punches from Usman. Covington fought valiantly, but was put away in the fifth round after being rocked by Usman. Kamaru Usman would retain his UFC Welterweight Championship in one of the best fights of the year.