As was stated earlier this week, fans of the sport of mixed martial arts don’t have to wait until Dec. 25 to get some great gifts this year.
Saturday night, the Ultimate Fighting Championship offers three early Christmas presents in the form of three title fights to headline UFC 245, the final pay-per-view of 2019 and the promotion’s penultimate show this year.
In total, UFC 245 offers a full 13-fight card, beginning with four early prelims at 6:30 p.m. EST, 3:30 p.m. PST on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+.
After, the action shifts to ESPN2 at 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST for the remaining four undercard fights, culminating with the five-fight main card at 10 p.m. EST, 7 p.m. PST on ESPN+ pay-per-view in the United States.
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You’ll receive a list of bars and restaurants in your local area, both confirmed and unconfirmed, to be showing UFC 245. For the unconfirmed bars, you’re advised to call ahead. Now, let’s talk about the fights themselves.
In the first championship fight of the evening on Saturday, the UFC’s Women’s Bantamweight title is at stake when incumbent titleholder Amanda Nunes (17-4) meets No. 1 contender Germaine de Randamie (8-3).
The co-main event of UFC 245 sees the promotion’s Featherweight title on the line as champion Max Holloway (20-4) faces No. 1 contender Alexander Volkanovski (19-1).
Finally, it’s the UFC Welterweight title fight in the main event. Incumbent champion Kamaru Usman (15-1) battles No. 2 contender Colby Covington (14-2). All three title fights will be a maximum of five rounds at five minutes per round.
UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship: Amanda Nunes (17-4) vs. Germaine de Randamie (8-3)
Heading into the first title fight on Saturday night, challenger de Randamie is the taller contestant, standing 5-foot-9, one inch taller than champion Nunes’ 5-foot-8 frame.
Champion Nunes has posted a 5-0 record in her last five fights, defending the title last time out against Holly Holm in UFC 239 on July 6 on ESPN+ pay-per-view (first-round knockout).
In the other corner, challenger de Randamie has likewise posted a 5-0 record in her last five fights, defeating Aspen Ladd (first-round knockout) during UFC on ESPN+ 13 on July 13.
Nunes and de Randamie previously fought during UFC Fight for the Troops on Nov. 6, 2013 in Fort Campbell, KY. That night, in an undercard fight, Nunes scored a first-round knockout (elbow strikes).
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UFC.com shows that Germaine de Randamie has a two-inch reach advantage (71 inches to 69 inches), with de Randamie and Nunes level in leg reach (41 inches apiece) heading into the fight.
Prediction: Germaine de Randamie by first-round knockout.
Co-main event: UFC Featherweight Championship: Max Holloway (20-4) vs. Alexander Volkanovski (19-1)
Heading into Saturday’s co-main event, champion Holloway is the taller contestant at 5-foot-11, five inches taller than challenger Volkanovski at 5-foot-6.
Champion Holloway has posted a 4-1 record in his last five fights, most recently scoring a unanimous decision against Frankie Edgar during UFC 240’s main event on July 27 on ESPN+ pay-per-view.
In the other corner, challenger Volkanovski has gone 5-0 in his last five appearances, winning last time out against Jose Aldo by unanimous decision during in UFC 237 on May 11 on ESPN+ pay-per-view.
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UFC.com shows that challenger Volkanovski has a 2 ½-inch reach advantage (71.5 inches to 69 inches), with champion Holloway owning a six-inch leg reach advantage (42 inches to 36 inches) heading into this co-main event.
Prediction: Alexander Volkanovski by decision.
Main event: UFC Welterweight Championship: Kamaru Usman (15-1) vs. Colby Covington (14-2)
Heading into the main event of the evening on Saturday night, champion Usman is the taller fighter at six feet even, an inch taller than challenger Covington’s 5-foot-11 frame.
Both fighters in this main event have posted 5-0 records in their respective last five fights. For champion Usman, his last win was recorded during UFC 235 (unanimous decision) vs. Tyron Woodley on Mar. 2 on pay-per-view.
In the other corner, challenger Covington’s last win happened during UFC on ESPN 5 on Aug. 3 in Newark, NJ vs. Robbie Lawler in the afternoon’s main event (unanimous decision.)
Over the course of the 25-minute fight on Aug. 3, Covington landed 396 strikes (311 significant strikes) and scored 20 takedowns. Comparatively, Robbie Lawler only landed 162 strikes (154 significant strikes) in that span.
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UFC.com shows that Kamaru Usman holds a four-inch reach advantage (76 inches to 72 inches), with Usman and Covington level in leg reach (41 inches apiece).
Prediction: Colby Covington by unanimous decision.
Two other fights are on Saturday night’s main card
No. 1 contender Marlon Moraes (22-5-1) vs. No. 3 contender Jose Aldo (28-4) [Bantamweight]
No. 4 contender Petr Yan (12-1) vs. No. 12 contender Urijah Faber (34-10) [Bantamweight]
UFC 245 at a Glance
Early Prelims: 6:30 p.m. EST, 3:30 p.m. PST, UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+
ESPN Prelims: 8 p.m. EST, 5 p.m. PST, ESPN2
Main Card: 10 p.m. EST, 7 p.m. PST, ESPN+ pay-per-view
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