People, we now live in a world where Colby Covington has an UFC belt.
The extraordinary welterweight raised the temporary championship with a unanimous decision win over former 155-pound holder Rafael dos Anjos in the UFC 225 co-main event. The card took place on Saturday night at the United Center in Chicago.
Covington was aggressive from start to finish, and that ultimately won him the biggest fight in his rising career. He pushed the beat against the Brazilian, bumped him up to the fence and took him down several times for 25 minutes.
It seemed to throw the dose of Anjos off; He could only land single shots in many exchanges, while Covington was in a blow of kicks and kicking because he was looking forward to much of the match.
Dos Anjos went down to the championship rounds, but he made fourth frame very interesting ̵
But that was not enough. Covington won at least three rounds on all three judges' scorecards, giving him the victory and the intermediate title.
What was the highlight of the match?
Do not let me say this, but the highlight of any entertaining game was that Covington actually backed up his trash. If you follow the sport regularly, you know that the American Top Team product is currently one of the most hated fighters in MMA. Now, of course, we call Brazil a dumping and its people are filthy animals not exactly a nice thing to do. but at least he is also on the promenade? I guess?
I give Covington some credit for it. He continues to look better and better every time we see him fighting.
Where are these two from here?
As long as he does not suffer much damage in training, Covington is next in line for the UFC Shot Campaign Tyron Woodley, targeting a return in August (but with two title fighters already booked for the UFC 227 this month, it seems unlikely that Woodley will fight then). With Woodley coming from a termination due to a shoulder injury and Covington makes improvements every match, the Woodley vs Covington title fight can only be interesting. However, it will certainly lead to it.
This is a pretty big setback for dos Anjos, who was previously undefeated at £ 170, especially after a massive victory over Robbie Lawler in December. Fortunately for him there are many names on top of the welterweight division, so there will be no shortage of next fight for him. To me, a matchup against the former title challenger Stephen Thompson makes a lot of sense; It would see who is still suitable for being in the welterweight title mix.
See now later or never?
There was better fighting on the UFC 225 card, but Covington vs dos Anjos is probably worth skimming through later on.