UFC 245: Pick your championship winners

UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington

UFC 245 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas this coming Sunday, December 15 (AEDT). The final pay-per-view fight card for 2019 is headlined by three championship bouts, featuring the reigning champions facing off the top ranked challengers.

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When it comes to the highest level of competition, to predict the winner in combat sports is practically impossible, as things can instantly change thanks to one hit. You all have likely seen the outcome of Overeem vs. Rozenstruik fight last weekend at UFC on ESPN 7, which once more proves it.

Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington

In the main event of UFC 245 Kamaru Usman defends his welterweight title against Colby Covington. Both athletes will enter the Octagon with the same 15-1 record, yet only one is expected to come out victorious with the belt around his waist (unless, something goes south and the bout gets declared no contest, since anything can happen, right? But let’s hope it won’t).

After scrolling through a couple of fights (highlights) of both, the Usman vs. Covington fight might go this way (highly speculating): Colby rushes in with a series of heavy strikes. Kamaru wears them and takes the fight to the ground. Both are solid and technical, so it might actually go on for all 25 minutes.

One thing is quite certain: It might be quite embarrassing for the one who loses.

Max Holloway vs Alexander Volkanovski

In the co-main event Max Holloway (21-4) is making the fourth defense of his featherweight title against Alexander Volkanovski (20-1). On one side, there is an almost three-year reigning king in the division, who has also attempted to earn the interim belt in the lightweight class. On the other side, there is a number one contender, who is unbeaten for as many as six years.

Max Holloway is well-familiar with the long five-round wars, no matter which way the fight goes. As well, out of 21 victories, he won 12 bouts prior to the final bell, which includes 10 KO/TKO and 2 submissions.

Alexander Volkanovski is riding a long 17-fight win streak, moreover he won all of his 7 outings in the UFC. Although he fought three times last year and twice in 2017, he only now (finally) got his well-deserved shot at the title.

It is likely impossible to try to (logically) predict how the Holloway vs. Volkanovski fight will end. Both are durable and determined. Each has his own task at hand and the reason to win.

Amanda Nunes vs Germaine de Randamie

The third title bout featured on UFC 245 fight card is a women’s MMA encounter between the reigning two-division champion Amanda Nunes, who makes the fifth defense of her bantamweight belt against Germaine de Randamie. In addition, the pair meets for the second time after their 2013 non-title bout, which ended in favor of the current titleholder via first-round stoppage.

Amanda Nunes (18-4) is riding the nine-fight streak, which includes two title victories and four successful defenses of bantamweight belt. Three of her previous bouts she won by way of stoppage.

Germaine de Randamie (9-3) hasn’t lost since she faced Nunes. Among five victories, she has earned the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight title, but was latter stripped due to “unwillingness” to fight Cris Cyborg.

The featherweight belt is also currently held by Nunes, who claimed it against Cyborg and became the two-division champion. However, the triangle in combat sports doesn’t really work. Meaning, if ‘A’ fighter beats ‘B’ fighter, while ‘B’ fighter beats ‘C’ fighter, it is not certain that ‘A’ fighter can beat ‘C’ fighter.

Nunes appears to be a favorite, so, by the book, can’t really see De Randamie taking the revenge as well as the belt. However we all know a recent Rocky story come true, thanks to the first Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr fight.

You can leave your thoughts on the winner in the comments section below. The complete UFC 245 fight card and how to watch the main card in Australia can be found here.

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