14 December 2019 14:41
Colby Covington is set to take on Kamaru Usman at the main event of UFC 245, with the Welterweight title on the line. Unusually, UFC has also put two other title fights on a single pay-per-view in the US, as Max Holloway faces Alexander Volkanovski and Amanda Nunes squares off against Germaine de Randamie. Fight fans will be able to watch the contests live on BT Sport in the UK without having to pay an additional fee beyond the standard monthly or annual subscription, however it's a different story in the US. As with previous UFC events, such high fees will force people unable or unwilling to pay to search for ways to watch UFC 245 online for free, with hundreds of links to illegal live streams expected to spread online in the build up to the fight. Darren Till's last UFC fight Show all 16 left Created with Sketch.
Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington are set to close out 2019's UFC pay-per-view schedule with a highly anticipated welterweight championship bout at UFC 245. The card is chock full of high-stakes fights outside of the main event. The co-main will feature another title fight as Max Holloway defends his belt against the rising Alexander Volkanovski. Amanda Nunes rounds out the three-pack of title fights. She'll look to continue her utter dominance of the women's bantamweight division in a fight against Germaine de Randamie.
His wins over Jose Aldo (twice), Brian Ortega and Anthony Pettis (who he defeated for the interim title) are enough to put him in the conversation with Aldo and McGregor as the best in the division of all-time. That combination, as well as his ability to pick his spots and high fight IQ, make him a true threat to dethrone the longtime featherweight king. Holloway's 14-fight win streak in the featherweight division has come at a cost. Volkanovski appeared to be at the top of his game in a unanimous-decision win over Aldo last time out. Nunes defeated De Randamie by first-round TKO at UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 in 2013.
The headliners in Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington will earn the most and both get a flat fee of $500,000 for their welterweight title clash. The next highest earner on the card is from a non-title bout, with long time champion Jose Aldo having a $400,000 base salary and an additional $50,000 win bonus. The two other champions on the card in Max Holloway and Amanda Nunes are earning less than the ones listed above, with the featherweight champion earning a flat $350,000, and the female double-champ getting $350,000 plus a $100,000 win bonus. Others on the card making six digits include title challengers Alexander Volkanovski ($250,000) and Germaine de Randamie ($100,000), UFC hall-of-famer Urijah Faber ($250,000), and Marlon Moraes ($110,000/$110,000). Saturday's UFC 245 event in Las Vegas brings us a trio of title bouts, as welterweight champion Kamaru Usman meets nemesis Colby Covington, featherweight champion Max Holloway looks to become the first fighter to defeat Alexander Volkanovski inside the Octagon, and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has to defeat Germaine de Randamie a second time to continue her reign. Their personalities couldn't be more different; Usman presents himself as the confident, yet humble champion, and Covington embraces his role as a polarizing figure that's drawn plenty of attention and criticism for his over-the-top, right wing persona. He comfortably outpointed Frankie Edgar at UFC 240 to bring his featherweight winning streak up to 14. That streak includes a 7-0 start to the Australian's UFC career and wins over two-time champion Jose Aldo as well as three-time title challenger Chad Mendes. He's as dangerous as any challenger that Holloway has faced, and if there's anyone still overlooking Volkanovski, they could be in for a shock on Saturday night. The evening's first title fight might look like a mandatory title defense for Nunes, who arguably is the most dominant champion in MMA today. But De Randamie has earned a second shot at defeating "The Lioness." De Randamie hasn't lost since Nunes beat her six years ago, and in that time, she picked up her own gold in 2017 to become the inaugural UFC women's featherweight champion. She remains one of the UFC's best standup fighters, and given her accolades in kickboxing, should she win a world title in another division, it would reshape the narrative of where she belongs among the all-time combat sports greats. In other main card action, Aldo drops down to 135 pounds (gulp) to fight No. 1 contender Marlon Moraes, and bantamweight blue-chipper Petr Yan looks to add "The California Kid" Urijah Faber to his hit list. The five-fight pay-per-view main card begins at 10 p.m. ET and is available for purchase exclusively through ESPN+. While it's fun for fans to say things like, "Kamaru Usman is going to annihilate Colby Covington," or "Colby Covington is going expose 'Marty Fakenewsman,'" the truth is these two are perfectly designed for a five-round world title fight. Their cardio is top notch, they're two of the best wrestlers at 170 pounds, and they've both improved a lot as strikers during their time in the UFC. Where you stand on Alexander Volkanovski's chances of upsetting Max Holloway depends on how highly you view Volkanovski as a championship contender. If you think it's inevitable that he someday wins a UFC title, then why can't it be this weekend? Why can't he be the first fighter to beat Holloway at 145 pounds since Conor McGregor? "The Great" has all the skills we associate with a UFC champion: Speed, cardio, strong striking, wrestling, creativity. There are few fighters that can match Holloway's output for 25 minutes, and though the reach measurements surprisingly favor Volkanovski, they don't take into account how effective Holloway is at using kicks to establish distance and punish his opponents. Let's make one thing clear: In a straight standup fight, Germaine de Randamie has a chance against anyone. Unlike Cyborg, she's not going to rush into a brawl with Amanda Nunes, because 1) she's too smart to turn a championship fight into a toss-up, and 2) she really doesn't have the power to just be standing and trading shots in this matchup. I hate that he feels the need to do this because of how the UFC works, where once you get to the top, there's nowhere else to go but down, and it's not good enough for us –or him, apparently – to just have a legend stick around in his proper weight class and take fun fights and cash checks. Petr Yan is exactly the kind of new generation, multi-faceted striker that always gives Urijah Faber problems, and I'm expecting him to pick up a lopsided win over "The California Kid" here. Kai Kara France def. Viviane Araujo def. Ian Heinisch def. Matt Brown def. Daniel Teymur def. Oskar Piechota def. Geoff Neal def. Ketlen Vieira def.