The final UFC pay-per-view of the decade is upon us as they head to Las Vegas for UFC 245. The card features plenty of entertaining fights from top to bottom, ending the night off with three title fights. In the main event, Kamaru Usman looks to defend his welterweight title for the first time as he takes on bitter rival, Colby Covington. Usman won the belt in March, dominating then champion Tyron Woodley for a unanimous decision victory. As he sat out for some time with injuries, Covington solidified his position as the number one contender. He did so with a dominating win of his own over a former champion, defeating Robbie Lawler at UFC on ESPN 5. Bad blood has been brewing between these two since last year, and now it will be settled in the octagon.
In the night’s co-main event, the UFC’s featherweight champion, Max Holloway returns to action. Just about four months after his last title defense over Frankie Edgar, Holloway returns to face Alexander Volkanovski. Holloway and Volkanovski have both been tearing through the division. Holloway has won 14 of his last 15, that one loss being in a interim lightweight title fight with Dustin Poirier. Meanwhile, Volkanovski has won his last 17 straight, seven of those being in the UFC. He most recently holds wins over fighters like Darren Elkins, Chad Mendes, and former featherweight champion and MMA legend, Jose Aldo. He will get a crack at UFC gold as he takes on Holloway, who always delivers an exciting fight.
UFC 245 Results
Last, but not least, before Holloway/Volkanovski will be a title fight in the women’s bantamweight division. Just over six years ago, Amanda Nunes defeated Germaine de Randamie by TKO at UFC Fight Night 31. Now, with Nunes reaching the top of the game, the two meet again, this time with a title on the line. Both women last appeared in July, Nunes taking on Holly Holm at UFC 239 and de Randamie facing Aspen Ladd at UFC Fight Night 155. Both girls would finish their opponent by TKO, with de Randamie finishing Ladd in just 16 seconds. De Randamie looks to capitalize on five straight wins and even the score with Nunes, while Nunes looks to defend just one of her two belts.
The remainder of the main card features what should be two very exciting fights at bantamweight. Kicking things off, Urijah Faber returns to the cage five months after his return from retirement that saw him finish Ricky Simon by TKO. Standing across the octagon from him will be quick rising bantamweight contender, Petr Yan. Since entering the UFC in June 2018, Yan has quickly put together five straight wins to climb toward the top of the division.
The second fight of the main card features Jose Aldo’s debut at bantamweight. After a recent loss to Volkanovski, he will test the waters at 135 pounds, making his debut against former title challenger, Marlon Moraes. Moraes has been inactive since his UFC 238 title fight loss to current bantamweight champion, Henry Cejudo.
Follow along with MMASucka as we provide you with the results throughout UFC 245.
MAIN CARD (PPV/ESPN+ – 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
Kamaru Usman def. Colby Covington via TKO (Punches) at 4:10 of Round Five
Alexander Volkanovski def. Max Holloway via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)
Amanda Nunes def. Germaine de Randamie via Unanimous Decision (49-44, 49-46, 49-45)
Marlon Moraes def. Jose Aldo via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Petr Yan def. Urijah Faber via Knockout (Kick) at 0:43 of Round Three
PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN 2 – 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT)
Geoff Neal def. Mike Perry via TKO (Strikes) at 1:30 of Round One
Irene Aldana def. Ketlen Vieira via Knockout (Punches) at 4:51 of Round One
Omari Akhmedov def. Ian Heinisch via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Matt Brown def. Ben Saunders via Knockout (Punches) at 4:55 of Round Two
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+ – 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT)
Chase Hooper def. Daniel Teymur via TKO (Punches) at 4:34 of Round One
Brandon Moreno def. Kai Kara France via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jessica Eye def. Viviane Araujo via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Punahele Soriano def. Oskar Piechota via TKO (Punches) at 3:10 of Round One
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