UFC Vegas results: Covington steamrolls Woodley, Khamzat earns 1st round KO
The dust has now settled and the full results for UFC Vegas are now in, with Colby Covington and Khamzat Chimaev pulling off huge wins.
Covington faced bitter rival and former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in the main event. There was contention in the build up, though only Covington seemed to be able to utilise that positively, as he put the pressure on the former champion from the start. Using a combination of strikes, kicks and takedowns, Covington dominated Woodley throughout most of the fight, opening up a cut on the latter. After having shut down Woodley’s offense, Covington scored an early takedown in the fifth round, which eventually led the end of the fight via a rib injury to Woodley.
Following the fight, UFC president Dana White proposed that Woodley retire, after suffering three straight losses in dominant fashion.
“I think he should start thinking about hanging it up,” White media at the post-fight news conference. “He’s had a great career. He’s made his money.
“… We all get old, man. This happens to the best of us. Woodley’s had a good career. He’s been a champion. He’s been around awhile. He had a good run in Strikeforce, too.”
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The co-main event featured a welterweight clash between young finisher Niko Price and fan favourite veteran Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The fight was a back and forth brawl, with Price dishing out heavy punishment in the opening minutes of the fight., seeming close to a finish. “Cowboy” rallied however, put was poked in the eye twice by his opponent, leading to a point deduction for Price. The two battled on throughout all three rounds, with the bout being scored as a majority draw in the end.
Rising star Chimaev of Sweden faced his toughest test to date, taking on Gerald Meerschaert at middleweight. Despite a proven wrestling and grappling pedigree, Chimaev got the job done on the feet in sensational fashion, scoring a first round knockout after just 17 seconds.
“Everybody says, ‘You’re Khabib. Khabib No. 2,’ something like that. But I am Khamzat,” Chimaev said after the fight. “I can knock out people, submit the people, smash the people, everything. I have everything.”
UFC Vegas results:
- Colby Covington def. Tyron Woodley via TKO (injury) — Round 1, 1:19
- Donald Cerrone vs. Niko Price declared majority draw (29-27 Cerrone, 28-28, 28-28)
- Khamzat Chimaev def. Gerald Meerschaert via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 0:17
- Johnny Walker def. Ryan Spann via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:43
- Mackenzie Dern def. Randa Markos via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 3:44
- Kevin Holland def. Darren Stewart via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- David Dvorak def. Jordan Espinosa via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Damon Jackson def. Mirsad Bektic via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 1:21
- Mayra Bueno Silva def. Mara Borella via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:29
- Jessica-Rose Clark def. Sarah Alpar via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 4:21
- Darrick Minner def. T.J. Laramie via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 1, 0:52
- Randy Costa def. Journey Newson via knockout (head kick) – Round 1, 0:41
- Andre Ewell def. Irwin Rivera via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
- Tyson Nam def. Jerome Rivera via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 0:34