Watch Full Episode of UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington Countdown


Las Vegas: FightBook MMA has your full episode for “UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington Countdown” and this will be UFC’s final Pay-Per-View event of 2019 and will feature three blockbuster world championship bouts.

This event will take place Saturday, Dec. 14 at T-Mobile Arena and will stream live nationally on Pay-Per-View, exclusively through ESPN+ in the U.S. at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT in both English and Spanish. Preliminary fights will air nationally in English on ESPN2 and on ESPN Deportes (in Spanish) starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with the early prelims simulcast on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+ at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

In the main event, Kamaru Usman will defend his belt against No. 2 ranked contender Colby Covington. In the co-main event, Featherweight champion and No. 7 ranked pound-for-pound fighter Max Holloway will defend his belt for the fourth time against No. 1 contender Alexander Volkanovski. In the co-feature bout, Women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion, as well as No. 5 ranked pound-for-pound fighter, Amanda Nunes will defend her 135-pound belt against No. 1 ranked bantamweight Germaine de Randamie.

The card also includes fan-favorite Matt Brown who returns to go against dangerous Ben Saunders in an exciting welterweight bout. Recent flyweight title challenger and No. 2 ranked contender Jessica Eye takes on rising No. 6 Viviane Araujo. In a clash of flyweight contenders, No. 6 ranked Brandon Moreno faces No. 7 Kai Kara France.Undefeated Dana White’s Contender Series signee Punahele Soriano debuts against Oskar Piechota.

UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington Fight Card:

Main Card

  • Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington
  • Max Holloway vs. Alex Volkanovski
  • Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie
  • Marlon Moraes vs. Jose Aldo
  • Urijah Faber vs. Petr Yan

Preliminary Card #2

  • Geoff Neal vs. Mike Perry
  • Ketlen Vieira vs. Irene Aldana
  • Omari Akhmedov vs. Ian Heinisch
  • Matt Brown vs. Ben Saunders

Preliminary Card #1

  • Chase Hooper vs. Daniel Teymur
  • Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France
  • Jessica Eye vs. Viviane Araujo
  • Punahele Soriano vs. Oskar Piechota

UFC 245 Fighter Profile: Germaine de Randamie – The Iron Lady

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Legitimate stopping power in women’s mixed-martial-arts on the highest level is rarely seen, whether that be as low as atomweight, or as high as featherweight. We have the standouts of course, the decorated Brazilian strikers Cris Cyborg, and two-weight world champion Amanda Nunes. At UFC 245 this weekend, Nunes meets a former-foe who shares the entirely similar ability to stop an opponent with a single strike; Dutch kickboxing talent, Germaine ‘The Iron Lady’ de Randamie.

Nunes holds the trump card over de Randamie following they’re 2013 meeting, where the Brazilian handed de Randamie her first and only Octagon defeat. That meeting occured almost seven years previous, and the leaps and bounds both competitors have made in that time are staggering. Nunes has scored eight wins in nine, in a gold laden period which seen her become the bantamweight and then featherweight champion. Utrecht native de Randamie has won five in a row, including a dubious inaugural featherweight championship triumph over Holly Holm.

An awful lot has been made of de Randamie in recent years, in particular, her apparent reluctance to defend the 145-pound title against the aforementioned Cris Cyborg. de Randamie was met with a chorus of boos and jeers after her UFC 208 unanimous decision over Holm, namely due to two occasions in which the Dutch striker landed heavy blows on Holm after the buzzer.

Immediately, UFC colour-commentator, Joe Rogan, posed the question to de Randamie about a possible meeting with Cyborg, with the 35-year-old swerving a definitive answer, citing a hand injury. Not an ideal way to win over the mixed-martial-arts community after a highly contested inaugural championship victory. de Randamie was subsequently stripped of the championship, in one of the most dissappointing reigns the promotion has seen.

The following November, de Randamie would return to bantamweight, in a pairing with future division title challenger, ‘Rocky’ Raquel Pennington. The Ultimate Fighter alumni had just lodged a career highlight victory over former 135-pound champion, Miesha Tate, but a streniuous weight cut led to a missed limit and an overall underwhelming performance. Out-landing Pennington at a comfortable clip and also defending eight separate takedown attempts, de Randamie once again catapulted herself into championship contention.

Evidence of de Randamie’s previously noted knockout power, came in a timely fashion against next opponent, the then undefeated, Aspen Ladd. Another botched weight cut in the blue corner followed, as the Dutch kickboxer landed a one-punch knockout in a mere sixteen second contest. A beautifully timed straight right forced Ladd to the canvas before a follow up strike ended the bout. The victory earned de Randamie the #1 rank at 135-pounds, and ultimately, a rematch with Amanda Nunes.

46-0 as a kickboxer, along with four world championship wins. The striking talent of de Randamie should not be underestimated. The CSA Holland trainee managed thirty knockouts, and famously, knocked out Tom Waes in a boxing match. Simply put, de Randamie is a hugely dangerous prospect to any opponent willing to stand with her, including Amanda Nunes. There’s an air of invincibility surrounding Nunes recently, further instated after her one-round beating of Holly Holm. The Brazilian has beaten each and every former or current female UFC champion, an incredible feat.

Nunes has started aggressively against Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg as of late, and particularly in the matchup with her Brazilian counterpart, hurt Cyborg early, leading to the reckless exchanges shared between the two inside the opening minute and a half. Cyborg has relaxed her aggression considerably in the last few years under Jason Parillo, and has become somewhat of a counter striker. Against Nunes, de Randamie can’t afford to abandon a counter-heavy game-plan.

The 35-year-old timed Holly Holm expertly in their controversial meeting, and must do the same when paired with Nunes once again this weekend. The possibility of grappling exchanges offer quite the worrying prospect for de Randamie. Nunes, a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, submitted Miesha Tate in the main event of UFC 200 via rear-naked choke to become bantamweight champion.

In a career that’s as impressive as Amanda Nunes’, there’s very little left to achieve, but a second victory over de Randamie further seals her legacy. For Germaine de Randamie, it’s an opportunity to follow in Nunes’ laid out path and become a two-division world champion and score the biggest victory in her professional career to date.

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Renan Barão Officially Released From His UFC Contract

 

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Former UFC bantamweight champion, Renan ‘The Baron’ Barão has officially been released from his contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, after just over eight years with the organization. The 32-year-old Brazilian, has dropped five losses in a row since 2017, losing a unanimous decision to Douglas Silva de Andrade most recently.

The dangerous Muay Thai practitioner and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, signed with the promotion with an incredible 26-1 record, having spent some time with the now defunct WEC promotion. The Natal native went unbeaten in his first seven fights with the UFC, where he managed victories over Urijah Faber (x2), Michael McDonald, Brad Pickett, Scott Jorgensen and a highlight reel knockout of Eddie Wineland on his way to the interim, and then undisputed 135-pound throne.

Barão then faced then Team Alpha MMA protege, T.J. Dillashaw, where he suffered his first professional defeat in almost ten years. At the time of the shocking defeat, Barão was fast approaching the summit of the UFC’s pound-for-pound list, and was recognised as of the best mixed-martial-artists in the sport’s memory. The Andre Pederneiras black belt was finished in the fifth and final round, before earning his final ever championship tilt in the promotion after rebounding against Mitch Gagnon. Dillashaw would once more finish Barão in the rematch the following year, before a majorly fruitless return to featherweight.

The two stoppage defeats to the talented Dillashaw represented somewhat of a changing of the guard at bantamweight. Managing just one victory over Phillipe Nover over the next three years, Barão became somewhat of a gauge for talent for uprising bantamweight prospects in the promotion.

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WLC: BATTLEBONES Fight Card Complete; Watch Live on UFC Fight Pass

World Lethwei Championship (WLC), the world’s largest bareknuckle fighting organisation, has just announced the full fight card for WLC: BATTLEBONES, the upcoming event set for Taungoo Football Stadium, in Taungoo, Myanmar on 5 January 2020. World Lethwei Championship’s first event of the new year bring together the most accomplished stable of athletes set to showcase the world’s toughest combat sport on the global stage.

In the main event, reigning Middleweight World Lethwei Champion Too Too defends his title for the first time in more than a year when he takes on Naimjon Tuhtaboyev of Uzbekistan.
From Magwe along the Irrawady river in Myanmar, Too Too is the winningest fighter in World Lethwei Championship and is widely considered as the best athlete in the sport today. He has amassed a reputation as a powerful and accurate counter striker who can knock out even the toughest of opponents. He defeated Australian Muay Thai Champion Michael Badato to become the inaugural Middleweight World Lethwei Champion before defending it successfully against Ukraine’s Vasyl Sorokin.

In 2014, both the fighters in the main event were fledging athletes early in their career when they faced off in Thailand in a bareknuckle Muay Thai contest. It was an exciting fight with both fighters having to fight through a knockdown. It was Tuhtaboyev who emerged victorious in that contest. This rematch aims to settle the half-decade score with the most prestigious title in lethwei on the line.

The co main event will feature Cambodia’s top Bantamweight, Sok Rith, make his lethwei debut against a mystery opponent. Another Khmer superstar will also feature, as Elite San takes on Myanmar’s Hein Tun Aung.

Italy’s Samuel Toscano gets the opportunity to compete in lethwei for the first time in his career. A veteran of the European Muay Thai circuit, he travelled to Myanmar earlier this year on holiday and has since fallen in love with the sport. He takes on Saw Kaung Htet from Myanmar.

France’s Souris Manfredi wowed lethwei fans with her impressive headbutts in her debut and will now face teenage prodigy Tran Thi Lua from Vietnam.

A few Myanmar vs Myanmar matchups are also scheduled. Lin Htet Naing challenges Zin Bo in the opening contest, while Thar Win Tun and Kyar Thway will battle it out in a Light Welterweight contest. The last bout on the card features Welterweights Tun Lin Aung and Ye Tway Aung.

Brian Ortega Forced From UFC Busan With ACL Injury

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One-time featherweight title challenger, Brain ‘T-City’ Ortega must once more halt plans for his long awaited comeback, as the Californian grappler detailed how an ACL injury three weeks before his headlining bout with Chan Sung Jung in South Korea, has forced him from the card.

The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and consummate submission specialist, has yet to feature in the Octagon since suffering his first professional defeat, to the hands of Max Holloway at UFC 231 in December of last year. As of yet it is unknown whether or not hometown hero, Jung, will remain on the card as the promotion scurry to find a replacement for their final event of the year.

Ortega revealed the extent of his injury in a post on his official Twitter page late last night. “I tore my ACL in training and I won’t be fighting in Korea. Thankfully it was only a partial tear so I’m already rehabbing it and the plan is to be back to 100% in 2-3 months. I don’t want to let the fans down, the Zombie (Chan Sung Jung), and the UFC, so I strongly considered pushing through it and fighting anyways, but according to the doctors, the risk of a full rupture in the fight was high and that would put me out for up to a year. Sorry guys, I gotta take care of this right now, but I will make it up to all of you 2020 (sic) I promise.

The main event pairing was expected to serve as a possible title-eliminator in the featherweight division, with reigning champion, the aforementioned Max Holloway attempting to lodge another title defense when he meets Alexander Volkanovski the week prior. Pohang native Jung, has yet to fight in his home country since 2008 during his stint on the regional circuit, and was attempting to continue a head of steam toward a second title challenge under the UFC banner, after scoring a first round finish of Renato Moicano in his last Octagon walk.

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Brian Ortega Statement following Pull Out Of Korean Zombie fight at UFC Busan

 

Brian Ortega has withdrawn from his headline UFC Fight Night 165 on Dec. 21 against Chan Sung Jung (Korean Zombie) due to a knee injury.

Ariel Helwani stated it was an undisclosed injury forced

“T-City” out of the much-anticipated Featherweight scrap, which was set to be his return after a year away from the fight game.”

Since then Ortega has released his own statement, sighting that

“I tore my ACL in training and I won’t be fighting in Korea. Thankfully it was only a partial tear so I’m already rehabbing it and the plan is to be back to 100% in 1-3 months. I didn’t want to let down the fans, The Zombie, and the UFC, so I strongly considered pushing through it and fighting anyways, but according to the doctors, the risk of a full rupture in the fight was high and that would put me out for up to a year. Sorry guys I gotta take care of this right now, but I’ll make it all up to you in 2020 I promise.” 

 

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BREAKING: Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone Official For UFC 246

A welterweight clash between former two-weight world champion, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor and veteran striker Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone has been announced as the headliner of UFC 246 on January 18th.

The Dubliner revealed at a press event in October that he would return to the Octagon at the beginning of the year, ahead of a meeting with either Jorge Masvidal or Nate Diaz, and then a lightweight title fight against the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson in March. Both McGregor and ‘Cowboy’ have been linked to throw down numerous times over the last couple of years, namely a short-notice UFC 196 showing for Cerrone, but the matchup of two of the sport’s most recognizable figures is finally sealed.

McGregor, will make his first Octagon appearance since October 2018, where he unsuccessfully attempted to pry the lightweight championship from arch-rival Khabib Nurmagomedov. Colorado native Cerrone, made a bright start to his lightweight re-run at the beginning of 2018, stopping Alexander Hernandez before dominating Al Iaquinta. Running into a returning Tony Ferguson in an explosive clash, a second-round doctor’s stoppage forced an end to the bout, while in August, Justin Gaethje continued his meteoric rise with a first-round knockout of the BMF Ranch owner.

31-year-old McGregor, is without an Octagon victory since UFC 205 in November 2016, where he became the first multiple-weight champion held simultaneously in the UFC, via a second-round finish of Eddie Alvarez. Talented finisher and Muay Thai practitioner Donald Cerrone is yet to claim UFC gold but holds one of the most respected win columns in mixed-martial arts today. With the most wins and finishes in promotional antiquity, ‘Cowboy’ has bested the likes of Benson Henderson, Eddie Alvarez, Edson Barboza, Jamie Varner, Mike Perry, Matt Brown, Rick Story, Charles Oliveira, and Jeremy Stephens to name a few.

UFC 246 takes place on January 18th. from the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A flyweight meeting between former division title hopeful Roxanne Modafferi and rising prospect Maycee Barber has been sealed for the event, while Nasrat Haqparast and Drew Dober will meet at 155-pounds. Grant Dawson also returns in January as he clashes with Chas Skelly at featherweight. Former UFC and WEC lightweight champion, Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis returns to 155-pounds, as he meets surging Brazilian grappler Carlos Diego Ferreira. In featherweight action, Andre ‘Touchy’ Fili takes on Nigerian powerhouse, ‘Super’ Sodiq Yusuff. Submission specilaist Aleksei Oleinik takes on Maurice Greene.

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