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‘Nigerian nightmare’, Kamaru retains UFC welterweight title

The Nigerian Nightmare’ Kamaru Usman has retained his UFC Welterweight Championship with a 5th round stoppage of American, Colby Covington at the UFC 245 in…

The Nigerian Nightmare’ Kamaru Usman has retained his UFC Welterweight Championship with a 5th round stoppage of American, Colby Covington at the UFC 245 in Las Vegas.

In a thrilling five-round battle, the Nigerian broke his opponent’s jaw to coast home to victory.

Referee Marc Goddard stepped in at 4:10 of the final round – the fifth latest finish in UFC history – as Usman retained his welterweight title in a thrilling slugfest at the T-Mobile Arena.

At the time of the stoppage, one judge had it at 2-2, while one had it 3-1 for Usman, and another 3-1 for Covington, who fell to just his second loss in the promotion.

Usman has now won 14 MMA fights in a row, including 11 straight in the UFC which is the third longest current winning streak in the promotion.

His 11-fight streak is the second longest in welterweight history behind Georges St-Pierre’s 12.

As for Covington, the loss is only the second of his career. The defeat snaps a seven-fight win streak the American was riding into UFC 245.

Before the loss to Usman, the American Top Team product was unblemished outside of a 2015 loss to Warlley Alves.

 

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