UFC 245: Usman vs Covington Preview

UFC 245: Usman vs Covington Preview

UFC 245 is coming to us from the T- Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It all happens tonight, Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. The action for the main card starts at 10 ET, on PPV with Prelims at 8 ET on ESPN 2. Early Prelims kick-off at 6:16 ET on UFC Fight Pass.

This card is a banger. This event should be fantastic tonight. We have three title fights and legends returning to the octagon.

“No Mercy” Petr Yan takes on “ The California Kid” Urijah Faber. Yan comes in with a record of 21-1-0. Faber’s record is 34-10. Yan is out of Russia and has been on quite a roll. Yan will look to finish Faber in this fight. Faber at 40 is not someone to take lightly but Yan doesn’t seem to care too much about Faber’s name recognition. This is a bigger fight for Yan than Faber. I don’t expect Yan to finish Faber but I do think he will win by decision.

Marlon Moraes vs Jose Aldo in a bantamweight fight. Aldo dropped down to bantamweight for this fight. Both fighters are coming off losses. This should be a solid fight and it is always nice to see a legend in action. Aldo looks to be healthy coming into this bout. Moraes is favored in Vegas but I think Aldo will win this fight. Aldo wins via decision.

Women’s Bantamweight Title Championship: Amanda Nunes vs Germaine De Randamie. Champ Nunes has a record of 17-4-0 while Randamie comes in at 8-3-0. Nunes has been on an absolute role knocking the head off of everyone in here way. This will be the second fight these two have been in. The first fight was back in 2013 and Nunes dominated. Randamie is no slouch in the octagon. She can throw hands with anyone. If she goes toe to toe with Nunes this could be a 50/50 fight where one strike makes the difference. However, Nunes has a distinct advantage in this fight by being able to take the fight to the mat. With her ability in the ground game expect Nunes to retain her belt tonight, continuing her dominant run.

Featherweight Title Bout: Featherweight Champion, Max Holloway vs. Alexander Volkanovski. Holloway’s record is 20- 4 while Volkanovski has a record of 19- 1. Holloway has not lost at 145 lbs since 2013. He’s won 14 fights in that time. Aussie Volkanovski has won 17 straight bouts. This promises to be a brutal fight. Volkanovski has the ability to take Holloway to the mat which could give him a slight advantage but he has never had to fight in the Championship rounds. It will be interesting to see his endurance if it comes to that. Holloway is an animal and has shown he can excel and go the distance. Expect Holloway to get the win tonight in a back and forth battle that should be the fight of the night.

Welterweight Championship Fight: UFC Welterweight Champ, Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington. There is a legit animosity between Usman and Covington. This should be an epic title fight with two of the best fighters in the UFC in Usman and Covington, who have a combined 17 fight UFC win streak. Usman comes in at 15-1-0 while Covington’s record is 14-1-0. These guys are very evenly matched. These two are going to beat the holy hell out of each other. Covington has run his mouth on and on about Kamaru. Expect these two to be in each other’s faces all fight. There should be plenty of big strikes in this bout. I have a feeling someone is going to be seeing stars when it’s over. That someone in Colby Covington. Expect Kamaru Usman to retain his title and shut Covington up.

Enjoy the fights tonight! Who do you have winning?