Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington will headline UFC 245
Colby “Chaos” Covington and Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman have been scheduled to headline UFC 245 on Saturday, December 14th at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This fight will be for the UFC Welterweight Championship. Both fighters have a professional record of 15-1. Ironically, Kamaru has beaten the only opponent Colby has lost to, and Colby has beaten the only opponent Kamaru has lost to. There has been tension between these two great fighters for the better part of a year. A lot of MMA fans believe these two fighters are spitting images of each other in terms of fighting style. Both fighters have relentless pressure, endless cardio, and put a pace on opponents that is so difficult to maintain. Let’s break each fighter down.
Colby Covington is coming off a dominant win over Robbie Lawler. He secured a decision win after out wrestling, and out striking the “Ruthless” one, the former Welterweight Champion of the world, Robbie Lawler. People expected Robbie Lawler to go in, stuff Colby’s takedowns and outstrike and knock him out cold. This was a new and improved Colby Covington in the striking department however. He avoided Lawler’s big shots, and tee’d off on him all night. Colby had non stop pressure all fight, always in Lawler’s face. He’d strike for a few seconds then take him down over and over again. Colby’s pressure was so great that even though he landed 10 out of an attempted 18 takedowns, he still was able to throw 515 significant strikes over this 5 round fight. That set the record of most significant strikes attempted in a single fight. It marked his 7th straight win in the UFC.
Kamaru Usman is also coming off a dominant win over the Welterweight Champion at the time Tyron Woodley. Usman went into this fight a huge underdog in most fans minds. It was believed that Tyron Woodley had both the better striking and better wrestling. It was supposed to be a quick knockout for Tyron Woodley but He, and every fan was in for a shock. Kamaru kept the pressure on Woodley for five straight rounds. Most of the work he did in the fight was on the clinch controlling Woodley and getting off shots. This was mesmerizing to see because of how strong Woodley is known to be. Kamaru was also able to take Woodley down a few times, something we have not seen in a long time. Kamaru later admitted he fractured his foot in the lead up to that fight, and he has damage to his knee and has “been on one leg for years now.” That just makes his win over Tyron Woodley that much more impressive. He was completely shut down, and looked lost in that fight, only landing 34 significant strikes over 5 rounds. This was Usman’s 9th straight UFC Win.
So how do Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman match up? By the time the fight happens it will have been 9 months since Usman has been in a fight. He has been recovering from hernia surgery as well as knee surgery, ring rust could play a factor in this fight, as well as knowing whether he will be 100% going in. Kamaru has the clear power advantage over Colby. Colby is not a knockout artist whatsoever, but he will throw 100 strikes at you in 5 minutes. Speed advantage goes to Colby. With the striking we saw in the Robbie Lawler fight, it might be safe to say that Colby has the striking advantage over Kamaru, but Kamaru still has the wrestling advantage. Don’t expect a submission on the ground, neither guy is a jiu jitsu wizard. If Colby Covington Wins, it will be by a decision. He will out strike Kamaru and avoid his takedowns. If Kamaru wins, its by Knockout from a fainted takedown into an Overhand, Or by a decision from being able to control Colby against the cage in the clinch like he did against Tyron Woodley. Usman has more ways to win the fight.
Its a toss up between these two great fighters, with both guys being almost identical to each other. I have no prediction. Lets see what happens.
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