Colby Covington promised and fulfilled. In the main fight of the UFC Las Vegas 11, held this Saturday (19), in the United States, ‘Chaos’ did not give a chance to Tyron Woodley and beat the former champion with a technical knockout in the last round. At the time, the former leader of the welterweight (up to 77kg.) Accused an alleged injury and shouted for the duel to end.
The confrontation between Covington and Woodley was highly anticipated by MMA fans because they are two athletes with qualities to bear the title. Former training mates and personal enemies, the fighters also fought for a direct opportunity to fight for the belt, which today belongs to Kamaru Usman.
With the result, Covington wins again after the setback suffered for the defending champion in December last year. Number two in the ranking, the North American now awaits the challenge between Usman and Gilbert Durinho, who are negotiating a duel for UFC 256.
Woodley, who failed to impose his pace in front of Colby, confirmed the bad phase in his career. At 38, the former leader of the division now has three losses in a row.
Woodley took the initiative to confront a jab. Covington responded with a low kick. Before the first minute, Colby managed to knock out the former linear champion and started striking downwards. Tyron tried to control the situation, but the advantage was for the rival. With great force, Woodley managed to get up and the athletes exchanged blows in the center of the octagon. In the final moments of the assault, Covington connected a powerful left crusader and then grabbed his opponent. Tyron tried to pull away, but the opponent was in control of the action. Woodley managed to get away, but there was no time.
In the second stage, Covington bet on high kicks. The fighter tried to surprise the opponent three times and even unbalanced the ex-champion with jabs and direct. After two minutes, Colby returned to invest in the grappling fight, but Woodley managed to get away. Tyron kept walking backwards and was chased by the opponent. In the center of the octagon, the welterweights exchanged punches and kicks and, in the final seconds, Woodley surprised his opponent with a ‘superman-punch’, but the timer was zero.
At the start of the third round, the confrontation was interrupted after Tyron accused Colby of having an eye finger. The confrontation returned with Covington leaving everything on top of the former champion. Colby delivered combinations of jabs, direct and kicks in the body of the rival and Woodley tried to respond to the height. Halfway through the assault, Covington again pressed his opponent against the bars and attempted a takedown. Tyron was struggling to stand. The fight continued without much action, with both exchanging knees at the waist lines. In the final seconds, Woodley managed to pull away, but there was no time.
The fourth leg started with Covington surprising Woodley with a high kick. The former champion responded with a powerful kick to the opponent’s waist line. Colby tried so hard, he succeeded. After almost two minutes, the athlete landed a beautiful fall on Tyron, who fell at a disadvantage. Covington dealt blows from top to bottom and the former champion just tried to resist. Colby’s attacks opened up a cut on Tyron’s face, which bothered with the heavy bleeding. In the final seconds, Woodley was completely dominated by his opponent, until the assault was over.
In the last round, Covington continued to press and try to fit the former champion into the bars. Colby went back to picking up his legs and managed to knock over again. Underneath, after an attempt at transition, Woodley cried out in pain and asked the referee to stop the confrontation. Colby then won by technical knockout.
UFC Las Vegas 11 results
Welterweight: Colby Covington defeated Tyron Woodley by technical knockout at 1m19s of R5
Welterweight: Donald Cerrone e Niko Price tied in the majority decision of the judges (29-27, 28-28, 29-28)
Average weight: Khamzat Chimaev defeated Gerald Meerschaert by knockout 17s from R1
Light heavyweight: Johnny Walker defeated Ryan Spann by 2m43s knockout of R1
Straw weight: Mackenzie Dern finished Randa Markos with an arm lock at 3m44s from the R1
Average weight: Kevin Holland defeated Darren Stewart in the split decision of the judges (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Fly weight: David Dvorak defeated Jordan Espinosa by unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Featherweight: Damon Jackson submitted Mirsad Bektic with a guillotine 1m21s from R3
Fly weight: Mayra Sheetara finished Mara Romero Borella with an armband 2m29s from the R1
Cock weight: Jessica-Rose Clark defeated Sarah Alpar by technical knockout 4m21s from R3
Featherweight: Darrick Minner submitted TJ Laramie with a guillotine 52s from R1
Cock weight: Randy Costa defeated Journey Newson with a knockout at 41s of the R1
Cock weight: Andre Ewell defeated Irwin Rivera in the split decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Bantamweight: Tyson Nam defeated Jerome Rivera by technical knockout 34s from R2