The UFC is ending their pay-per-view in grand fashion with Saturday’s UFC 245 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The event features three championship fights, highlighted by the ultimate grudge match as welterweight champion Kamaru Usman puts his belt on the line against bitter rival Colby Covington. The other two title bouts on the show are Max Holloway defending the featherweight belt vs. Alexander Volkanovski and women’s bantamweight and featherweight titlist Amanda Nunes facing off with Germaine de Randamie for the bantamweight championship.
Other contests on the card include former featherweight champion Jose Aldo facing Marlon Moraes and Urijah Faber against Peter Yan.
Usman (15-1) comes in on an absolute tear. After losing the second fight of his career, Usman’s reeled off 14 consecutive wins, punctuated by his sterling performance over Tyron Woodley at UFC 235 to capture the gold.
Like Usman, Covington (15-1) rolls into the biggest fight of his life on a great run as well. He’s won seven in a row, including beating Rafael dos Anjos to win the interim title at UFC 225 in June 2018 and a dominating showing against former welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler, winning by unanimous decision back in August.
UFC 245 has a chance to be a special card. Stay locked into Sporting News’ coverage of UFC 245 as we provide results, updates and highlights of the show.
UFC 245 live results, updates
9:21 p.m.: What a knockout by Aldana, finishing Vieira with nine seconds remaining in the first round. A picture-perfect left hook followed by two devastating right hands sent Vieira packing and a new contender emerges at 135 pounds. With new opposition lacking, this could be fresh foe for Nunes if she gets by de Randamie.
9:10 p.m.: Significant fight right now at women’s bantamweight between No. 2-ranked Ketlen Vieira against No. 10-ranked Irene Aldana. The winner, especially Vieira, puts themselves in prime position for the winner of the Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie title bout later in the show.
8:27 p.m.: Matt Brown getting it done after a two-year layoff to rehab some old injuries, knocking out Ben Saunders in the second round. The finish puts Brown in a tie for second all time in KO’s in UFC history with 11, one behind Vitor Belfort.
8:15 p.m.: Bruce Buffer gets an A+ for the outfit.
8:11 p.m. ET: Welcome to Sporting News’ live coverage of UFC 245. An exciting night of action is ahead of us. Grab everything you will need for the evening and join SN for all the fun.
UFC 245 undercard results
- Irene Aldana def. Ketlen Vieira by knockout at 4:51 of the first round; Women’s Bantamweight
- Omari Akhmedov def. Ian Heinisch via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); Middleweight
- Matt Brown def. Ben Saunders by knockout at 4:55 of the second round; Welterweight
- Chase Hooper def. Daniel Teymur via TKO at 4:34 of the first-round; Featherweight
- Brandon Moreno def. Kai Kara-France by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28); Flyweight
- Jessica Eye def. Viviane Araujo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); Women’s Strawweight
- Punahele Soriano def. Oskar Piechota by knockout at 3:17 of the first round; Middleweight
UFC 245 fight card
- Kamaru Usman (c) vs. Colby Covington for Usman’s Welterweight title
- Max Holloway (c) vs. Alexander Volkanovski for Holloway’s Featherweight title
- Amanda Nunes (c) vs. Germaine de Randamie for Nunes’ Women’s Featherweight title
- Marlon Moraes vs. José Aldo; Bantamweight
- Petr Yan vs. Urijah Faber; Bantamweight
- Geoff Neal vs. Mike Perry; Welterweight
- Ketlen Vieira vs. Irene Aldana; Women’s Bantamweight
- Ian Heinisch vs. Omari Akhmedov; Middleweight
- Matt Brown vs. Ben Saunders; Welterweight
- Chase Hooper vs. Daniel Teymur; Featherweight
- Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France; Flyweight
- Jessica Eye vs. Viviane Araújo; Women’s Flyweight
- Punahele Soriano vs. Oskar Piechota; Middleweight
UFC 245 latest news
– Kamaru Usman has made his disdain for Colby Covington well known. The 170-pound champion says to Sporting News that he’s ready to put end to the charade of the “studio gangster.”
– It’s safe to say Covington and UFC President Dana White won’t be exchanging Christmas cards. Covington tells SN heading into the biggest fight of his career that White “absolutely” wants him to lose to Usman.
– Amanda Nunes makes it perfectly clear to SN on her thoughts about her teammate at American Top Team, Covington.
– Who wants to see Nunes against arguably the best female boxer in the world, Claressa Shields? Nunes explains to SN how if the megafight occurs, it will be on her terms.