UFC 245 in tweets
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— UFC (@ufc) December 15, 2019
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UFC 245 is in the books and what an event it was. A stacked main card including 3 title fights was on show as the MMA leader hit Las Vegas.
Kicking off the main card was a bantamweight bout between veteran and prospect as Urijah Faber squared off against Petr Yan. With Faber being a huge underdog, it was more a question of how long he could stay in there with such a clinical striker. From the first horn, Yan was lighting up Faber and the American was backing up for the entire first round. The second round was much of the same with Yan opening up a cut along with a mouse just to the left of Faber’s left eye. Yan dropped Faber twice in the third and finally again with a left kick and the fight was called there. Petr Yan is a problem in the division and a title shot is on the horizon.
Next up was another pivotal Bantamweight bout between number one contender Marlon Moraes and former featherweight champion Jose Aldo. Magic Marlon started the fight with a left switch kick which wobbled Aldo and was on the front foot. Aldo recovered and pressured Marlon against the cage for the rest of the round and staggered Moraes towards the end of the first but it was Marlon who finished the round on top. Aldo continued to push ‘Magic’ against the cage through round 2 and 3 but lacked output in the final period. As we went to the scorecards, much to the displeasure of the crowd, it was Marlon Moraes who got the nod and cemented his place as the number one contender.
The first of three title fights was on deck as the GOAT Amanda Nunes was defending her bantamweight title against former foe Germaine de Randamie. The fight was nearly over in the first as Nunes stunned GDR and dominated the former champion on the ground and the referee was closing to stopping the fight. It arguably could have been a 10-7 but certainly was a 10-8 round at the very least. In the second, GDR landed good strikes and for the first time in years, the champion was against the ropes. Once again, Nunes took the fight to the ground where she was far superior and was showing that throughout the fight. However, GDR did slightly stun the champion with an up kick which forced Nunes to hold for the remainder of the round.
The final two rounds consisted of Nunes control on the top and although this was one of her toughest tests as champion, she showed why she was the queen of the women’s game as she saw out a Unanimous decision victory to remain the women’s bantamweight champion and continues to cement herself as the greatest ever.
From one GOAT to another as Max Holloway was also looking to cement his status as the greatest featherweight of all time as he looked to defend his 145lbs title against Alexander Volkanovski. As the fight started, it was Volkanovski who was landing a low calf kick and hard. The leg of Max was starting to flare up and he was having trouble with it but he still maintained the distance well. As the second started, it was much of the same with Alex landing the kicks and once again, Max was starting to slowly get into his championship groove.
To start the third round, Max switched stances to accommodate the bruising legs but by the end of the 5 minutes, both legs were starting to mark and his movement took a big hit. With Alex in a handy lead, Max needed something special to retain his belt and switched back to his conventional stance to try and impose himself on the Australian. He had a good 4th round and it was likely even going into the final round in Vegas. Max started very well and was looking to finish strong but very much like the previous 20 minutes, Alex was landing the kicks and Max being Max, he wanted to stand and brawl. The words “And New” echoed from Bruce Buffer as the 145lbs streak was over as Volkanovski took the belt back home to Australia.
The grudge match was finally here as champion Kamaru Usman was defending his welterweight title for the first time against the controversial Colby Covington. In a bout in which everyone was expecting a wrestle heavy 25 minutes, it was quite the opposite with both men standing and brawling. In the first period, both men were going for the jugular and were landing hard with both sets of chins on full show. Colby landed the cleaner and edged the first. Usman started to work the body well in the second, and the shots were having an effect on Colby who was dropping his hands to protect his midriff. Once again, both men were landing clean but it was the champion who was more efficient. Into the middle round of the championship fight and it was the same as the second, with Kamaru landing hard to the body which was forcing the American to slow down. An eye poke by Covington saw out the round out as he took a break on the cage.
As the fight became more chaotic, the champion was having the better of things despite some heavy low calf kicks by Colby. Usman landed a nice one-two combination and landed flush on the jaw of Covington and it appeared that the jaw had been broken by that overhand right. As we went into the final round, it could of very well been even and the anticipation was incredible in the arena. The champions show why they are the best when it matters and Usman was no different. He was hurting Colby with every hand and eventually dropped him with a straight right as the crowd erupted. ‘Chaos’ got back but Usman put him straight back down and finished the fight with 50 seconds left of the fight. The rivalry was settled for now but rest assured it’s not over yet.
Check out the reaction to a great night of action below
Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington
— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) 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
Max Holloway vs Alexander Volkanovski
.Words cannot express how happy I am for fellow Aussie @alexvolkanovski 😭😭
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) December 15, 2019
Keep your head up champ @BlessedMMA Hawaii we’re gonna get this one back I promise
— Dan Ige (@Dynamitedan808) December 15, 2019
Amanda Nunes vs Germaine de Randamie
— Alex Chambers (@alexchambersmma) December 15, 2019
Man if only Germaine could wrestle a little better with defense and working back up to her feet #UFC245
— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) December 15, 2019
Marlon Moraes vs Jose Aldo
Wow! What a fight! I had no idea which way it was gonna go! Congrats to both men! #UFC245
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) December 15, 2019
Petr Yan vs Urijah Faber
(Evil Russian voice) Your fans are mine Uriah Faber.. all mine! #UFC245
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) December 15, 2019
Main card results
Kamaru Usman def. Colby Covington via fifth-round TKO (4:10)
Alexander Volkanovski def. Max Holloway via Unanimous Decision
Amanda Nunes def. Germaine de Randamie via Unanimous Decision
Marlon Moraes def. Jose Aldo via split decision
Petr Yan def. Urijah Faber via third-round KO (0:43)
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