UFC 245 was full of surprises as one title changes hands
Three title bouts took place this past Saturday night at ufc 245 and two successful title defences wore made with Amanda Nunes defending her bantamweight title against a game challenger in Germaine de Randamie and welterweight kingpin Kamaru Usman wiped out rival Colby Covington in the fifth round. Max Holloway was the lone champion walking into the octagon who left without gold, after Alexander Volkanovski snapped Max’s fourteen fight featherweight win streak, which now see’s Holloway fall to 1-2 in his last three bouts.
After Petr Yan made a statement knocking out an MMA legend in Urijah Faber, and Marlon Moraes controversially getting the nod over José Aldo in his bantamweight debut, it was time for the first title bout. Amanda Nunes and Germaine de Randamie got to meet for the second time in the Octagon, this time for the 135lb strap. Nunes has been an indestructible force for many years and was the heavy favorite heading into the bout. What looked like it was going to be another first round stoppage for Nunes, de Randamie held on and had some success of her own in the contest, but Nunes’ grit, toughness and excellent wrestling made sure it was enough to see out the full five rounds and hold on to her bantamweight title. Irene Aldana finished Ketlen Vieira earlier in the night and could potentially be matched up with the Nunes next.
Alex Volkanovski put on the performance of his career to leave Las Vegas with gold of his own, becoming only the fourth UFC featherweight champion of all time. In a contest that was thoroughly entertaining, Volkanovski outstruck Holloway and landed at will to the legs of the now former champion. It seemed as though it was an excellent game plan that was executed perfectly. Having put together such a strong body of work, and considered arguably the greatest featherweight of all time, UFC President Dana White looks to grant Holloway an instant rematch with new champion Volkanovski, only this time the Aussie will have home field advantage.
“He looked good, and that market is massive for us, so maybe we do that rematch in Australia,” White said.
In the Main Event Kamaru Usman sealed victory in a real crowd pleaser, putting away a tough opponent in Colby Covington with only fifty seconds left in the bout. A back and forth contest that seen judges differ in opinion, Usman felt the judges would not be required. Colby faced adversity in the bout in what appeared to be a broken jaw from round three onwards and still managed to display amazing heart and toughness but it was not enough in the end as Usman jumped up another level in the latter stages, catching Colby with a straight right on two different occasions, both putting Covington on the canvas, Marc Goddard then called a stop to the bout and Usman remained UFC welterweight champion. It was later confirmed Covington did not suffer a broken jaw. It looks as though Usman is not short of challengers as the owner of the “BMF” title Jorge Masvidal and top contender Leon Edwards are both deserving of a title shot. Let’s see what’s next but it will take something special to knock Usman off the throne at 170lbs.
Overall a very exciting card and the UFC will look to deliver another entertaining card when they close out 2019 with Frankie Edgar facing ‘TKZ’ Chan Sung Jung on December 21st in South Korea.