UFC 245 video: Dan Hardy, John Gooden break down Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington

With three title fights slated for UFC 245, there sure is a lot going on Saturday night.

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman (15-1 MMA, 10-0 UFC) and challenger Colby Covington (15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) headline the at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the winner will be dubbed the promotion’s best 170-pound fighter.

Ahead of the fight, UFC broadcasters Dan Hardy and John Gooden take an in-depth look at the matchup in the latest edition of their pre-fight analysis series “Inside the Octagon.” Check it out in the video above.

UFC 245 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.

Video: ‘UFC 245 Countdown’ for Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington

Did you miss the debut of “UFC 245 Countdown,” or just want to watch it again? Check out the main event preview now.

The segment takes a special look at the welterweight title fight between Kamaru Usman (15-1 MMA, 10-0 UFC) and Colby Covington(15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC), which will let the winner claim he’s the best 170-pounder in the UFC.

UFC 245 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.

“Countdown” goes behind the scenes with the two fighters, and you can watch the full segment above. And don’t miss entire episode in the video below.

Check out the entire UFC 245 fight card below:

  • Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington – for welterweight title
  • Max Holloway vs. Alexander Volkanovski – for featherweight title
  • Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Jose Aldo vs. Marlon Moraes
  • Urijah Faber vs. Petr Yan
  • Geoff Neal vs. Mike Perry
  • Irene Aldana vs. Ketlen Vieira
  • Omari Akhmedov vs. Ian Heinisch
  • Matt Brown vs. Ben Saunders
  • Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Moreno
  • Chase Hooper vs. Daniel Teymur
  • Jessica Eye vs. Viviane Araujo
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Punahele Soriano

Kamaru Usman explains why he nearly retired in 2018

Kamaru Usman was very close to hanging up the gloves for good in 2018.

Usman, who is the current UFC welterweight champion, was undefeated in the Las Vegas-based promotion yet was having a hard time getting fights. This was especially the case in 2017 and 2018. Frustration began to grow and “The Nigerian Nightmare” nearly retired from MMA.

“There were moments in the UFC where I thought about quitting fighting because there were moments where I couldn’t get a fight,” Usman said to Aaron Bronsteter on the TSN MMA Show. “I was very close. I went six or seven months of just sitting there trying to get somebody to fight. The organization said ‘that guy turned it down, and that guy turned it down.’ And I just said ‘You know what? There’s no point.’”

The welterweight champion says fighters were making different excuses to not fight him. The UFC also did not force the matchups to happen. So, Usman continued to sit on the sidelines while he knew he could become the UFC welterweight champion.

“Everyone made up a different excuse. ‘He needs to beat someone in the top 10 first. He’s not a good fighter or he’s boring.’ No one wanted to let me in the party,” Kamaru Usman said. “The organization was not necessarily taking the steps and the efforts to get these guys to fight me. They knew what would happen, that I would be the welterweight champion of the world. Which is what I am right now.”

In the end, Usman ended up getting fights and claimed UFC gold back in March with a dominant decision win over Tyron Woodley. Now, in the main event of UFC 245, he will have his first title defense against bitter rival Colby Covington.

Colby Covington, Kamaru Usman

For Usman, he says part of the frustration is due to the fact Covington turned down this fight several times in the past.

“Part of [the frustration] was my opponent that I’m fighting. He was offered to me several times. Four times to be exact, and he’s turned them all down,” Kamaru Usman concluded.

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Mike Perry warns Kamaru Usman to watch out for Colby Covington’s distracting smooches

Mike Perry hasn’t been holding back recently, and that includes vocalizing his particular disdain for UFC wrestlers. “Platinum” first called out “bum” Ben Askren this week, and now he mocks Colby Covington for “smooching” his opponents.

The welterweight sent words of warning to Kamaru Usman, the division’s current champion. Usman is scheduled to defend his title for the first time against Colby Covington in the main event of UFC 245. However, Perry believes Covington will be delivering a smooch-fest rather than a punch-fest in the welterweight headliner. He took to Instagram and said:

“Watch out for these distracting smooches @usman84kg ! @colbycovmma is going to try to cause bruises to entice the judges by sucking on your neck and kissing you with his #1 herpes attack!

#SaveTheHickeysForTheChickeys #HeBitesNipplesToo #GrabsMenRightByThePenis #PoolNoodlePunches #RidesMenGood #GiveCreditWhereCreditIsDue.”

Covington, the collegiate wrestler, uses the clinch and his wrestling abilities to maintain constant pressure on his opponents and deliver punishment up against the cage.

Due to the suffocating (but nevertheless intimate) pressure that some wrestlers use to execute a victory, homosexual trash-talking tactics are often used to get under the skin of the wrestlers. Jorge Masvidal insulted Ben Askren’s “face in the crotch” fighting in the lead up to their UFC 239 bout, he said (transcript via MMA Fighting):

“Besides putting his face in somebody’s crotch, another man’s crotch, I don’t know what else he f*cking does.”

However, Kamaru Usman is also an elite wrestler, having been crowned the NCAA Division II national champion in 2010. Unlike Covington’s last fight against Robbie Lawler where ‘Chaos’ dominated the former welterweight champ, Kamaru may be able to successfully challenge and counteract Covington’s constant pressure. On paper, the wrestling skillset of both fighters presents them on a level- but world-class -playing field. However, it is clear which fighter Mike Perry favours.

Whilst smooches may be off the table for Usman, invading Covington’s personal space certainly isn’t. Either way, UFC 245’s main event promises to be an entertaining showdown. Stay tuned on BJPenn.com for all UFC 245 updates.

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‘UFC 245 Embedded,’ No. 1: ‘Trump, I’ve got a new belt for you’

The UFC’s 12th and final pay-per-view of the year takes place Saturday with UFC 245, and the promotion’s popular “Embedded” series returns to get you ready.

UFC 245 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.

In the main event, UFC welterweight championKamaru Usman attempts to defend his belt against Colby Covington in a long-awaited grudge match. And in the co-main event, UFC featherweight title challenger Max Holloway puts his belt on the line against Alexander Volkanovski. Also on the card, Amanda Nunes faces Germaine de Randamie for the UFC women’s bantamweight title.

The first episode of “Embedded” follows the big-name stars at the top of the card as they arrive in Las Vegas. Here’s the UFC’s description:

On Episode 1 of UFC 244 Embedded, welterweight champion Kamaru Usman goes from “scruffy” to polished at home and then hits the gym for more finishing touches. Rival Colby Covington arrives in Las Vegas and dedicates his upcoming success to a famous family. Featherweight title challenger Alexander Volkanovski makes the long trip from New Zealand with teammate and UFC 245 flyweight Kai Kara France. Featherweight champion Max Holloway works out and horses around with his team at UFC Performance Institute. UFC 245 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the three title fights taking place Saturday December 14. Order the Pay-Per-View at ESPNPlus.com/PPV

UFC 245 Countdown: Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington

Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington UFC 245 face-off

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See welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and challenger Colby Covington prepare for their UFC 245 main event matchup. UFC 245 goes down on December 14 in Las Vegas, live on Pay-Per-View.


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The UFC 245 fight card is topped by three championship bouts. Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman faces challenger Colby Covington in the main event grudge match. Max Holloway puts his featherweight title on the line opposite Alexander Volkanovski in the UFC 245 co-main event. Double-champ Amanda Nunes makes the next defense of her bantamweight belt in a rematch with Germaine de Randamie to round out the tripleheader.

Tune in to MMAWeekly.com for full UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington Live Results on Saturday, December 14, 2019, from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

UFC 245: Make predictions for Usman-Covington, Holloway-Volkanovski, Nunes-de Randamie title fights

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC 245 event in Las Vegas.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMA Junkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMA Junkie reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC 245 event staff predictions we release Friday ahead of the event. UFC 245 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.

Make your picks for all five main card fights inside:

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