Headlining the card is an epic grudge match two years in the making between former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley and former interim UFC Welterweight Champion Colby Covington.
It’s too bad we couldn’t see these two fight two years ago back when they were both still champions, but it’s better late than never!
The feature fight tonight was a middleweight showdown between Khamzat Chimaev and Gerald Meerschaert.
Chimaev improved his record to 8-0 over the summer, going 2-0 with two finishes in just ten days back in July. Meerschaert was 31-13 coming into this fight, which is over five times the experience of Chimaev.
This was going to be the perfect test to see if Chimaev is ready for Demian Maia, considering Meerschaert’s a crafty black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but we didn’t even see it go to the ground.
In Chimaev’s first two fights with the UFC, we saw him absolutely maul both opponents. He has been talking about how good his striking is, but we didn’t know what to expect because we hadn’t seen it. That all changed tonight.
Chimaev didn’t immediately shoot once the fight started, he pressured Meerschaert, threw one front snap kick, and one straight right, and that was all it took. He stalked Meerschaert and threw the perfect punch, securing the knockout victory early in round one.
Official Result: Khamzat Chimaev def. Gerald Meerschaert via KO (punch) at :17 of round one.