Date: Saturday, December 14
Prelims: 8 PM EST
Main card: 10 PM EST
Location: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Another weekend, another great day of fights ahead.
Two draws last week didn’t really help the record, but CheapSeatFans has correctly predicted 53 of 82 (64%) correct winners and 16 of 82 (20) correct rounds and finishes.
Kamaru Usman (C) vs Colby Covington (Welterweight Championship):
Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman is 10-0 in the UFC since joining in 2015 and 15-1 in his career. Usman has taken out some of the biggest names in the sport on his way to the top. In his last three fights, this Hard Knocks 365 fighter has taken down:
- Tyron Woodley, the former Welterweight Champion, via five-round unanimous decision
- Rafael dos Anjos via five-round unanimous decision
- Demian Maia via five-round unanimous decision
Colby “Chaos” Covington is 10-1 in the UFC since joining in 2014 and 15-1 in his career. Similar to Usman, Covington of American Top Team went through some tough competition (and acted like a fool) to get the ultimate shot. Covington in his last three fights beat:
- Robbie Lawler via five-round unanimous decision
- Rafael dos Anjos via five-round unanimous decision
- Demian Maia via three-round unanimous decision
Like they say, keep your friends close and your enemies closer… well these two train 10 miles from each other in Florida. Same gym as Jorge Masvidal, Tyron Woodley, and Dustin Poirier (all of which hate him now). Usman training with the likes of Rashad Evans and Robbie Lawler.
Colby wanted Tyron Woodley, when he had the belt. And when Tyron was injured and recovering from surgery, Colby won the interim belt against dos Anjos. After Colby got hurt, he missed his opportunity against Woodley, who then retained his belt against Darren Till.
Timing is everything because Usman got the next shot at Woodley and made it count. Didn’t stop Colby from showing up as a viewer and, more importantly, a heckler.
No one likes Colby. But the beef has really built up.
Colby knows how to sell a fight you gotta give him that (which he admits is all an act). For some, that’s what you need to do to get attention in this sport. Even McGregor who is one of the greats, does dumb shit to get attention.
Usman has admitted this Colby is the “most dangerous welterweight out there” besides himself. But is enough to beat this technically sound, big ass MF.
Colby likes to give Usman shit, calling him “Marty” a nickname from his D2 wrestling days, while Colby wrestled at D1. Side note: Colby won a junior college championship first at Iowa Central Community College… where he was roommates with JON JONES. So weird. THEN he went on to D1, won some PAC-10 Championships, and got in legal trouble.
Usman demonstrated against Woodley that he is the real deal. Usman dogged the four-time defending champion and held him up against the cage the entire fight.
While Colby is a high-volume striker and keeps the pressure on, I just don’t know if he can do it against a massive Usman. I kind of want to see Colby come out on top, but something in my gut tells me he is going to be a loser when the night is over.
Usman def. Covington via unanimous decision
Max Holloway (C) vs Alexander Volkanovski (Featherweight):
Max “Blessed” Holloway is 18-4 in the UFC and 21-4 in his career. Holloway is looking for his fourth title defense after defending it by beating:
- Frankie Edgar via five-round unanimous decision
- Brian Ortega via round four TKO
- Jose Aldo via round three TKO
Should be mentioned that he lost a fight to Dustin Porier trying to win a Lightweight Championship and become a “champ champ” like many do nowadays since McGregor.
Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski is 7-0 in the UFC since joining in 2017 and 20-1 in his career. Volkanovski earned his title shot by defeating:
- Jose Aldo via three-round unanimous decision
- Chad Mendes via round two TKO
- Darren Elkins via three-round unanimous decision
Volkanovski likes to get inside peoples bunches and take them down and impose his well. Holloway is a true professional, however, and he knows how to stop those takedowns and knows how to keep his distance while packing a punch.
Holloway def. Volkanovski via unanimous decision
Amanda Nunes (C) vs Germaine de Randamie 2 (Women Bantamweight):
Amanda “Lioness” Nunes is 11-1 in the UFC 18-4 overall. If you don’t know her by now, then you’re not paying attention. She’s the champ champ for the women in UFC, beating:
- Holly Holm via round one TKO
- Cris Cyborg via round one KO
- Raquel Pennington via round five TKO
- Valentina Shevchenko (2x) via five-round split-decision and unanimous three-round decision
- Ronda Rousey via round one TKO
- Miesha Tate via round one rear-naked choke
… pretty much any dominate female fighter you can think of.
Germaine “The Iron Lady” de Randamie is 6-1 in the UFC and 9-3. De Randamie has come ready to play too, beating:
- Aspen Ladd via round one tKO
- Raquel Pennington via three-round unanimous decision
- Holly Holm via five-round unanimous decision
However, her only loss came from none other than Amanda Nunes by round one TKO. Isn’t the best quality but: (Start at 7:40)
Not much to say here. De Randamie knows this opponent and wants to stand and fight as a kickboxer. But Nunes has only gotten stronger and bigger. If Nunes gets a hold of Germaine, I think it’s over. On top of that, Nunes can win standing up now too.
Nunes def. De Randamie via TKO in round 2
Marlon Moraes vs Jose Aldo (Bantamweight):
Marlon “Magic” Moraes is 4-2 in the UFC and 22-6-1 overall. His two losses came in his first UFC match, against Raphael Assuncao, and against champ champ Henry Cejudo. As far as wins go, he’s defeated:
- Raphael Assuncao in their rematch via round one guillotine
- Jimmie Rivera via round one head kick and punches KO
- Aljamain Sterling via round one knee KO
Jose “Junior” Aldo is a UFC great. He’s 10-4 in the UFC and 28-5 overall. He was the inaugural UFC Featherweight Champion and has the most consecutive title defense in featherweight history with seven. Max Holloway and Conor McGregor are about the only ones who have had his number. Although in his last fight he lost to Alexander Volkanovski to really set him back.
Now he’s dropping weight and fighting a top contender in the bantamweight division. When I say dropping weight… I mean dropping weight. Guy looks like a skeleton and it’s concerning.
I am scared that if Marlon hits Aldo hard enough, he will poof into dust. Seeing fighters do this intense cutting is one of the hardest parts of training. A lot of times it is seen in the fight. Latest example being T.J. Dillashaw cutting to fight Cejudo and losing in the first round.
Moraes def. Aldo via TKO in round 2
Petr Yan vs Urijah Faber (Bantamweight):
Easy for to count this record. Petr “No Mercy” Yan is 5-0 in the UFC since signing in 2018 and 13-1 in overall. Yan is a former Bantamweight Champ for the Absolute Championship Berkut in Russia.
He’s coming off two victories in 2019:
- Jimmie Rivera via three-round unanimous decision
- John Dodson via three-round unanimous decision
Urijah “The California Kid” Faber, refuses to go away. At 40 years old now, he’s 11-6 in the UFC. And although he said he was retired after his 2016 bout, he’s come back and TKO’d Ricky Simon in the first round.
Faber surprised the crap out of me when he pulled it over on Simon. It’s possible he could do it again.
Faber’s best shot at winning is at getting a submission over Yan. But this young man isn’t going to do everything in his power to not go to the ground. And don’t expect him to get TKO/KO by Faber either.
Yan def. Faber via unanimous decision
Happy gambling everyone and let’s hope this card lives up to the hype on paper.