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UFC 245: Usman vs. Covington, Holloway vs. Volkanovski live results, discussion, play by play

Live, blow-by-blow updates for today’s two top title fights at UFC 245 in Vegas.

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Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 245 goes down in T-Mobile Arena in Vegas.

The main event will a welterweight title contest between champion Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington. That is the last of three title fights on the card, which also features featherweight champ Max Holloway defending against Alexander Volkanovski and champ champ Amanda Nunes defending her women’s bantamweight title against Germaine de Randamie.

This post will cover top two title fights.

We’ll start on Fight Pass at approximately 6pm ET with four fights. The card then moves to ESPN2 at 8pm ET for four more bouts, then onto the main PPV card at 10pm ET. The full lineup and schedule follows. The preliminary card and other main card fights will be covered in separate posts.

Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington

Round 1 - Usman slips on a kick. Covington lands a kick to the body. Straight left from Covington. And a body kick. And another left. Usman with a right, and he gets the jab going. Scores with the right again. They trade for a bit until Usman cracks him wit ha right. And another. Covington with a leg kick and a right. Jabs from both men. Colby is laughing at him. They both land big shots! Covington with an uppercut and a head kick! Flying knee! Usman with a knee. This is all action. Jabs from Usman. Colby responds. Covington with the flick jab. Both catch each other’s chins. Covington with a big left! Usman returns it! Body shot from Usman. Uppercut from Usman. Leg kick from Usman. Jump knee from Covington is blocked. Usman touches the body some more. Covington with a solid left. Inside leg kick from Covington. 10-9 Covington.

Round 2 - Both land jabs. Both land to the body. Covington with a body kick. Usman with a stinging jab. Covington lands a right and a left hook. Another jab from Covington. Straight right and a counter left from Usman. Covington with two strong lefts that may have stunned Usman a bit. Straight right for Usman. Front kick again from Usman. They’re just potshotting in the pocket! Big uppercut from Usman! Covington with a triple jab. Usman rips the body. The cornuts cam confirmed that he got kicked in the cojones. Quick restart. They’re staring at each other a little more. Jabs from Covington. Colby pops him with three more shots and a body kick. They trade jabs. Usman lands twice to the body. Covington with a huge right hook! A right from Usman staggers Covington! Body shot from Usman bothers Covington. 10-9 Usman.

Round 3 - Front kick to the body from Usman. Colby gets inside and eats a knee. The pace has slowed. Usman with a counter right. Usman with a hard lead right hook! Body kick too. Covington with the jab. Usman jabs. Body kick from Usman. Body jab from Usman. Another hard body shot. Long right for Usman, and a front kick to the body. Overhand left from Covington. Double jab and a straight left from Covington. Usman back to the body. Straigh right from Usman. Jab from Usman. Usman with a hard right! Another! Colby lands a head kick! And another! But Usman begs off pointing at his eye and the ref steps in. The replay shows that Colby clearly poked him in the eye. Usman is good to go. Covington busy on the restart. Front kick to the body. Colby comes up short. Usman lands a straight right, and Covington is complaining that he got poked. Eye for an eye. 10-9 Usman.

Round 4 - Front kick and a jab from Usman. Jab from Usman. Body kick from Covington. Covington might have a broken jaw. They get down to in the middle and throw everything but the kitchen sink! Wow! Usman goes back to the front kick and jabs the jaw. Covington presses briefly. Jab from Usman. Another. More body kicks, more jabs. A big right from Colby! Usman with a counter right! Big uppercut from Covington! And a body kick. Another big uppercut! Usman fires back once again. This is awesome. Covington lands a left, Usman lands to the body. More front kicks. Covington with a left, but eats another body shot. Covington with a combo ended by a hard left. Nice inside leg kick. Inside leg kick from Usman. Colby says he took an illegal shot and the ref steps in and warns them both. Colby chirps at Usman the entire time. Covington with a big right over the top! 10-9 Covington.

Round 5 - Covington with an overhand left. Usman with a strafing head kick. Covington with a jab. Nice uppercut from Colby. Body kick from Usman. Covington with a big three-punch combo! Straight left. Usman returns it. Covington with two more big lefts. Usman with a body punch. Usman touches him with the left. Straight left from Covington. Head kick is blocked. Usman digs to the body. Covington with an inside leg kick. Left from Colby, hard right from Usman! He’s bringing the pressure! Colby is hurt! Two more big shots from Usman. USMAN DROPS COVINGTON WITH A STRAIGHT RIGHT! HE’S BACK UP AND DOWN AGAIN! USMAN JUMPS ON HIM AND POUNDS HIM OUT! WHAT A FINISH!

Kamaru Usman defeated Colby Covington via TKO (strikes), 4:10 of round 5

Max Holloway vs. Alexander Volkanovski

Round 1 - Slow start. Holloway with the jab. Volkanovski with a low kick. Holloway goes to the body. Low kick from Volkanovski as Holloway lands a left. More leg kicks. Uppercut and a right come up short for Volkanovski. Volkanovski with more kicks to the calf. They both land lefts. Volkanovski with an inside leg kick and he presses with a right. Holloway just misses with a power shot. Counter left from Holloway, and his own low kick. Now a right lands. Volkanovski right hook just misses. Volkanovski clinches. They’re back in the middle. Volkanovski lands a right. Inside leg kick. 10-9 Volkanovski.

Round 2 - Back to the low kicks for Volkanovski. Inside kick now. Holloway rips the body. Again. Back to the inside kick for Volkanovski. Holloway with a right off of a Volkanovski low kick. Jab from Volkanovski. Three more heavy kicks to the front leg. They both miss with big shots. Holloway touches him with a right. Volkanovski with a spinning back fist that misses. Holloway with the double jab but misses with the follow up. Holloway switches stances, likely because of the leg damage. Holloway with a straight left that gets through. Right scores for Volkanovski. Volkanovski is just chopping the other leg now. Holloway with a nice combo. Holloway misses with a spinning back kick. More kicks from the challenger. 10-9 Volkanovski.

Round 3 - Volkanovski wades in but can’t land. Volkanovski with a right as he advances again. Holloway pressuring, but isn’t pulling the trigger. Low kicks from Volkanovski. Step-in right and left from Volkanovski. Holloway with a nice uppercut, but he eats a counter left. Volkanovski catches a kick and lands a big right! Another scores. Leg kick from Holloway. He wades in with a right, but catches a counter. Leg kick and right from Volkanovski. Volkanovski lands hard again. Holloway with a counter left. Volkanovski rips the body. Volkanovski with more clubbing leg kicks. Holloway with a knee on an advancing Volkanovski. Volkanovski talking a bit. Holloway with another spinning back kick that misses. Body kick from Holloway, more leg kicks from Volkanovski. Holloway misses with a spinning backfist. 10-9 Volkanovski.

Round 4 - Holloway looks for an oblique kick but Volkanovski clubs him with a kick first. Nice combo from Volkanovski. Another right scores. Counter left, leg kick, right hook. Volkanovski is fighting amazingly well. Holloway with a double jab. Volkanovski shoots. Holloway defends. Jabs from Volkanovski but Holloway with a combo punctuated by an uppercut. He lands a lead right and a side kick. Volkanovski with more low kicks and now both legs are rough. Volkanovski with a right again. Holloway with a big uppercut! Jab. Holloway is back in orthodox, so Volkanovski is concentrating on the front leg even more. Holloway rips the body. Again. Jab from Volkanovski. Another low leg kick. They trade in the middle! Big combo from Volkanovski!. Holloway with a long right. Left over the top from Volkanovski. Holloway goes to the body and throws a head kick. 10-9 Volkanovski.

Round 5 - Side kick from Holloway. Jab and inside low kick from Volkanovski. Volkanovski tries going high with a kick but it’s blocked. Holloway pressing. Volkanovski is just leg kicking over and over. Volkanovski with a right that gets through. Holloway with a right hook to the body. Holloway with some big shots! Double jab and a body kick. Volkanovski goes to the body. Jabs from Holloway again. He needs something big here. Holloway with a right. Jab from Volkanovski and he clinches. Two minutes left. Holloway breaks quickly. Volkanovski lands a knee to the cup but they continue. Two big rights over the top from Volkanovski! A third! He scoops a single, releases and lands an uppercut. Holloway lands one too. Elbow from Max. Holloway wit a body kick. He goes to the body. He just missed with the home run uppercut. Left hook from Holloway. Volkanovski ties Holloway up. Max reverses and flurries late, but it’s not enough. 10-9 and 49-46 Volkanovski.

Alexander Volkanovski defeated Max Holloway via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)