UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on December 14, 2019 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area.
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A UFC Welterweight Championship bout between the current champion Kamaru Usman (also The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians winner) and former interim champion Colby Covington has been slated to serve as the event headliner.
A UFC Featherweight Championship bout between the current champion Max Holloway and Alexander Volkanovski is expected to take place at the co-main event.
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Welterweight Kamaru Usman (c) def. Colby Covington TKO (punches) 5 4:10
Featherweight Alexander Volkanovski def. Max Holloway (c) Decision (unanimous) (48-47, 48-47, 50-45) 5 5:00
Women’s Bantamweight Amanda Nunes (c) def. Germaine de Randamie Decision (unanimous) (49-44, 49-46, 49-45) 5 5:00
Bantamweight Marlon Moraes def. José Aldo Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Petr Yan def. Urijah Faber KO (head kick) 3 0:43
Preliminary Card (ESPN2)
Welterweight Geoff Neal def. Mike Perry TKO (head kick and punches) 1 1:30
Women’s Bantamweight Irene Aldana def. Ketlen Vieira KO (punches) 1 4:51
Middleweight Omari Akhmedov def. Ian Heinisch Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00
Welterweight Matt Brown def. Ben Saunders KO (elbow and punches) 2 4:55
Early Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)
Featherweight Chase Hooper def. Daniel Teymur TKO (elbows) 1 4:34
Flyweight Brandon Moreno def. Kai Kara-France Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 30-27, 29-28) 3 5:00
Catchweight (131 lbs) Jessica Eye def. Viviane Araújo Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) 3 5:00
Middleweight Punahele Soriano def. Oskar Piechota KO (punch) 1 3:17
^ For the UFC Welterweight Championship.
^ For the UFC Featherweight Championship.
^ For the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship.
The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.
Fight of the Night: Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington
Performance of the Night: Petr Yan and Irene Aldana
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A UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship bout between the current champion Amanda Nunes (also the current UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion) and the inaugural featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie is expected to take place at the event.
The pairing previously met in November 2013 at UFC: Fight for the Troops 3, with Nunes winning the encounter via TKO in the first round.
Santiago Ponzinibbio was expected to face former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler at the event. However, Ponzinibbio pulled out of the fight on October 12 citing a staph infection. Despite having over two months before the event, promotion officials elected to remove Lawler from the card entirely instead of having him face a replacement.
Sergio Pettis was briefly linked to a bout with Kai Kara-France at the event. However, Pettis revealed in early October that he was entertaining offers from other promotions after the completion of his previous contract and did not currently have a fight lined up with the promotion. Kara-France is now expected to face Brandon Moreno.
At the weigh-ins, Jessica Eye failed to make weight, coming in at 131 pounds, five pounds over the Flyweight limit of 126 pounds. She was fined 30% of her fight purse to Viviane Araújo.
That was abundantly clear between the third and fourth rounds when Covington told his corner that he thought his jaw was broken. UFC would later release a statement confirming Covington had “suffered a non-displaced midline mandible fracture,” and it was this fracture that led to Kamaru Usman to a technical knockout victory with just 50 seconds left in the fifth and final round (watch the highlights here).