Featherweight Champion

UFC245 was on fire this weekend. 3 championship fights took place last Saturday, at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas. Starting off the first championship fight was the women’s bantamweight title, with Amanda Nunes versus Germaine de Randamie.  Amanda Nunes is undoubtedly the best female fighter in the UFC, having beaten legends like Ronda Rousey, Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg all by TKO/KO.

Amanda’s second bout with Germaine, was a fight that allowed the champion defend her title successfully once again.  This was the second time that Nunes and De Randamie were going head to head. Despite their previous encounter back in 2013, the champ faced more adversity than she was used too.  On her feet, De Randamie caught the champ with a brutal flying knee and an up kick from the guard, as Nunes went for the ground and pound.  However, the tide quickly changed once the champ switched up for the takedown, and took things to the ground.  Solid ground and pound earned Amanda her 5th title defense.

Co- maining the event was the much loved fan favourite Max Holloway versus Alexander Volkanosvki.  The Australian challenger managed to brilliantly counter Max’s lengthy and crafty strikes with superb timing, fighting inside the pocket and using leg kicks.  Landing big shots and constantly coming forward, Alexander “The Great” Volkanosvki was crowned as the new featherweight king via unanimous decision and became the first Australian born fighter to be a UFC champion.

Holloway reflected on his loss saying the following “I felt like we was doing enough, but there’s three guys’ opinions that matter the most and they didn’t see it my way so at the end of the day it is what it is. We’ll be back. Like I said, I’m only 28. I’m only 28, guys, I’ll be back and we’ll be ready.”

Given how dominant Holloway has been at featherweight, many fans and critiques are asking for an immediate rematch between the two.  Volkanosvki was adamant at the opportunity for a rematch and stated, “I think he deserves it,”.

Volkanosvki continued to say “the ‘Blessed’ era ends tonight in the featherweight division. He’s a big boy, but if he wants to do it again, we can do it in Australia and sell some seats and tickets, pay-per-view.”

By the sound of it, I suspect that it won’t be the last time that these two cross paths. Given how dominant Max has been in the division, I believe the fight to make is the rematch.

Lastly, the main event of the night saw Kamaru Usman defeat Colby Covington to retain his welterweight title.  Both fighters ahead of the game were essentially mirror matches.  Both have incredible wrestling pedigrees, yet none of it was used during the fight.  Instead, Kamaru had the edge in the stand up and slowly began picking his shots.  Colby on the other hand, returned fire but was caught with a brutal straight right from the Nigerian Nightmare in round 3 that saw the challenger’s jaw go sideways.  Returning to his corner, Colby told his coaches that his jaw was broken, but continued to fight until referee Marc Goddard stopped the fight when Usman dropped Colby in the final minute of the last round, winning via TKO. It was later confirmed by doctors that Colby’s jaw was indeed broken and he suffered a “non-displaced midline mandible fracture”

Overall, UFC245 was incredible event that saw Nunes face serious adversity, a new featherweight champion and a great main event.

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Michael Macki completed his BA at the University of Toronto in Political Science. Ever since a child, Michael has always had a passion for martial arts. Michael started his martial arts journey at the age of 4 in karate and earned his Shotokan black belt at the age of 16. After watching the UFC for the first time, he decided to aim to be a complete martial artist and learn other various forms of fighting. Michael is currently a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and has extensive experience learning in the disciplines of Judo, Wrestling, Muay Thai and Western Boxing. Michael currently writes and covers a wide range of combat sports topics for Shotclock and also works the recruitment and management division of NLSE Inc. which represents the top fighters in the world.

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