Matt Serra did not agree with Marc Goddard stopping the UFC 245 main event fight between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington when he did.
In the fight, both fighters were having success and it was a very close scrap. Usman was up 3-1 on one scorecard heading to the fifth, Covington up 3-1 and on the other, it was 2-2. The fifth round would decide everything. That is where Usman took over as he dropped “Chaos” twice en route to the TKO win.
Yet, right after the stoppage, Covington jumped up complaining about it and took to social media to rip Goddard as well. For Serra, he agreed with Covington that it was a bad stoppage.
“I felt that was definitely a little premature,” Serra said of the Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington stoppage on UFC Unfiltered podcast (via BJPENN.com). “F*ck, the guy’s fighting almost 10 minutes with a broken jaw. He went down, he’s moving his head, he’s covering up. Why? He gets up, first thing he says is, ‘what are you doing?’ And listen I really feel weird being the guy to go to bat for Colby cause I don’t like the guy.”
Although Matt Serra knows Usman would have won the fight, and Colby Covington had a broken jaw, he still doesn’t agree with the stoppage.
“I feel that Usman would’ve got the decision,” Serra continued when discussing the Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington finish. “So let him get the decision or see what else happens. I can’t just look at that stoppage and say, yeah that was good. There might have been worse ones but it was pretty bad. It was pretty bad for what was at stake there.”
What will be next for the two of them is to be seen. But it seems likely that UFC 245 will not be the last time the two of them share the Octagon.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime