UFC 245 results from Las Vegas
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will hold their final pay-per-view event of the 2019 calendar year this Saturday night with UFC 245. The event which will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada features not one, not two, but three title fights.
Headlining the historic event wan an epic welterweight title fight between champion Kamaru Usman (15-1) and challenger, former interim champion Colby Covington (15-1). These two combatants, primarily wrestlers, threw everything but the kitchen sink at one another in a late ‘Fight of the Year’ contender. It was in the fifth and final frame, in a close battle, that Usman finished Covington, to retain his belt.
The long featherweight title reign of Max Holloway came to an end as Alexander Volkanovski used a leg kick heavy game plan to perfection to pick up a unanimous decision and capture his first UFC title.
In the first of the three title bouts, the current UFC women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes faced some rare adversity in her title defense against Germaine de Randamie. In the end “The Lioness” was able to use her superior ground game en route to a unanimous decision victory to retain her 135-pound title.
The fight card kicked off on ESPN+ at 6pm ET before moving to ESPN at 8pm for more preliminary action. The pay-per-view portion of the card proceeded at 10pm ET.
Yesterday, the only fighter to miss weight was former flyweight title contender Jessica Eye, who came in at 131 pounds for her scheduled 125-pound preliminary bout against Viviane Aruajo. As a result, Eye was fined 30 percent of her fight purse. Tonight, Eye would go on to win a split decision over Araujo.
Rising star Chase Hooper looked absolutely phenomenal against Daniel Teymur. After getting stunned early in the fight, the 20-year old Hooper bounced back to get Teymur down, work in a few submission attempts, before finishing and bloodying his opponent with strikes.
A pair of UFC veterans stood toe-to-toe as Matt Brown and Ben Saunders did battle inside the octagon. After Saunders attempted multiples versions of a triangle choke in the first frame, Brown would cut Saunders open, and later secure a knockout in the second round. With the win, Brown extends his own records for most stoppage (13) and knockout (11) victories in UFC welterweight history.
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Irene Aldana threw a big left hook that floored Ketlen Vieira, knocking her out before she hit the canvas. The KO was so devastating that UFC commentator Joe Rogan has no choice but to repeat “oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness.”
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Geoff Neal is the first to finish Mike Perry, and he does it in just about 90-seconds in the featured preliminary bout. Incredible win for Neal, who will likely propel towards a title shot.
UFC 245 results below:
Main card (ESPN+ PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
– Kamaru Usman defeated Colby Covington via TKO – Round 5, 4:10 to retain welterweight championship
– Alexander Volkanovski def. Max Holloway via unanimous decision to become new featherweight champ (49-46 x2, 50-45)
– Amanda Nunes def. Germaine de Randamie via unanimous decision (49-44, 49-46, 49-45) to retain bantamweight championship
– Marlon Moraes def. Jose Aldo via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
– Petr Yan def. Urijah Faber via KO – Round 3, 0:43
Preliminary Bouts (ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET)
– Geoff Neal defeated Mike Perry via TKO – Round 1, 1:30
– Irene Aldana defeated Ketlen Vieira via knockout – Round 1, 4:51
– Omari Akhmedov defeated Ian Heinisch via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
– Matt Brown defeated Ben Saunders via knockout, Round 2, 4:55
Preliminary Bouts (ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET)
– Chase Hooper defeated Daniel Teymur via TKO – Round 1, 4:34
– Brandon Moreno defeated Kai Kara-France via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
– Jessica Eye defeated Viviane Araujo via split decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
– Punahele Soriano defeated Oskar Piechota via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:17