Colby Covington was on a seven-fight win streak entering UFC 245 on Saturday. That was all snapped by a late-fifth round TKO loss to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in their championship headliner.
“Chaos” was dropped twice by Usman’s right hands. After shooting in for a double-leg takedown which “The Nigerian Nightmare” easily sprawled, Covington covered up the left side of his head from the barrage of right hands coming his way. Seeing it as a non-intelligent way to defend, referee Marc Goddard stepped in to halt the fight at the 4:10 mark of round five.
Covington got up and protested the stoppage with his face bloodied up and his jaw apparently broken. He was no longer able to do an interview with Joe Rogan inside the Octagon after the fight, but he did release a tweet condemning Goddard for the call.
Normally people do their fucking in the bedroom, not the octagon @marcgoddard_uk! I go in there to kill or be killed. You robbed me of that. You robbed the people of a fair fight. You should be ashamed of yourself. Fake nut shot. Fake eye poke. Fake stoppage. Fake ref. #ufc245— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) December 15, 2019
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Just a kid from Oregon chasing the American Dream. Working hard and earning everything in my life the hard way since day one. I put myself out there in front of the world to kill or be killed. Marc Godard robbed me tonight with piss poor officiating. He let my opponent fake injuries for extra time and stopped the fight early. Just like America, my will and spirit can never be broken. Speed bumps can’t slow me down. You people ain’t seen nothing yet. #ufc245
During the post-fight presser, UFC president Dana White was asked about his thoughts on Covington’s post-fight online rant. While he did agree with the stoppage, the two saw eye-to-eye on one thing.
“Positively a good stoppage, yeah,” White told members of the media.
“Fake eye poke? Apparently, he didn’t watch the replay. Nut shot? He’s right there. That was on the belt.”
Covington, who holds wins over formers champions Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos, now drops to a record of 15-2 (with seven wins by stoppage).