Covington came out swinging, he grabbed Anjos, and threw him to the ground in the opening seconds of the fight, but Anjos was able to work his way back to his feet a minute into the round. They traded some solid strikes, Covington continued to try to dig for a takedown, and Anjos continued to stuff his shots, while blasting him with elbows to the side of the head. Covington was clearly more aggressive in that round, but I think Anjos was more effective, so I'm giving the round to Anjos, but it could go either way.
     The second round was all about Covington still plowing forward, winging punches at Anjos while running forward like a bull or whatever, while Anjos seemed like he was having a bit of trouble dealing with Covington's pressure. I scored the second round for Covington.
     They continued to battle at a competitive pace for the duration of the 25 minute fight, with Covington winning the third round, and Anjos won the fourth round, leading to a scorecard that's more than likely all tied up going into the final round. The final round was another close round, with both guys swinging for the fences, looking for takedowns, looking for different ways to control the action, etc... In the end, I'm expecting Covington to win this fight, but I wouldn't be shocked by a split-decision going either way. All 3 judges agreed, giving the unanimous decision victory to Colby Covington. I hate this guy.
      The first round started with a full minute of boxing, where Maia was actually beating up Covington with a lot of clean left hands, as he cracked Covington's jaw repeatedly while chasing him around the cage. Maia then shot for a takedown, but Covington was able to stuff the shot. Maia opened up a cut above Covington's right eye with all of those left hands. Covington's eye looks ALL fucked up, and there's still 2 minutes left in the opening round. Covington landed a lot of solid leg kicks, and he unloaded with a nice combination with a minute left in the round, but Maia just covered up, circled out, and reset. Maia shot for another takedown with 30 seconds left in the round, but Covington was able to stuff the shot without much of a problem. That was a close competitive round, but I'm giving that one to Maia, based on that brutal damage he did to Covington's eye.
     Maia started the second round by shooting for a takedown immediately, but Covington was able to stuff his shot again. Maia shot for a REALLY DEEP takedown 45 seconds into the round, but Covington continued to show fantastic takedown defense. Maia tried to catch a kick, shot for another takedown, and Covington sprawled all over him again. They both looked exhausted by the halfway point of the second round, but that didn't stop them from trading sloppy punches. By the end of the round, Covington's cut opened up again, so he continued to have blood flowing down the right side of his face. Maia also absorbed a decent amount of damage to his face in that round though. I'm going to assume this fight is all tied up going into the final round.
     The final round had Covington picking apart Maia with his boxing, they both looked tired, but Covington was clearly outworking Maia, as Maia had NOTHING left in the tank. Covington opened up Maia with his boxing, and Maia's face was COMPLETELY drenched in blood. By the end of the round, Covington was sprawling on top of Maia, while pounding on him with big punches. The referee nearly stopped the fight, but the 10 second clapper happened, so he let the fight go to a decision. I wouldn't be SHOCKED if the Brazilian judges gave this fight to Maia, but I think it's pretty clear that Covington deserves the 29-28 decision. All 3 judges agreed, giving Covington the unanimous decision victory in the biggest fight of his career. He seems like a douchebag. They had to rush him out of the arena, because the fans nearly started a riot.
      Kim swept Covington to the ground to start the first round, but Covington quickly recovered and took down Kim. Kim stood back up, and Covington continued to press him against the fence from the clinch. Covington struggled to take Kim's back from the clinch, and he was basically controlling Kim, but he wasn't doing much damage, or making much progress. He took Kim down 2 minutes into the round, forcing Kim to sit down against the fence, and Kim quickly stood back up. Covington continued to smother him against the fence, still not doing any damage, but clearly controlling him. Kim stood back up with 2 minutes left in the round, and Covington finally started to throw some strikes from the clinch. They finally broke apart with a minute left in the round, and Kim plowed forward, looking to land some punches, but Covington took him down again with 20 seconds left in the round, and continued to smother Kim until the end of the round. The first round clearly goes to Covington, based on his blanket wrestling.
     Covington shot for an early takedown in the second round, and Kim sprawled all over him, and planted his balls on the back of Covington's neck. Covington eventually pressed Kim against the fence, Kim stood back up, landed a few decent strikes, and then Covington threw a flying knee, and some big punches, rocking Kim, before he took him down against the fence again. Covington continued to beat up & smother Kim until the end of the round. I have this fight 20-18 for Covington going into the final round.
     The final round started with 2 minutes of slap boxing, with Covington landing the cleaner strikes, and then he took down Kim, pinning him against the fence again. They stood back up, and Kim looked like he was trying to setup a Kimura while Covington clinged to his back, but that went nowhere, so Covington just took him down again, and continued to smother him. Kim stood up again with 90 seconds left in the fight, as the crowd was clearly getting restless. Kim finally scored a takedown with a minute left in the final round, but Covington just stood back up, and continued to grind all over Kim until the end of the round. That was a solid one-sided grappling victory by Colby Covington, even though it was pretty fucking boring.
      Covington started this fight with some wild kicks, and then he shot for a takedown a minute into the first round, Barberena did a good job defending for a few seconds, but Covington finally brought him down with the single leg. Barberena continued to try to scramble back to his feet, but Covington refused to let up on him, so he spent the entire round grinding the shit out of Barberena against the fence, with countless takedown attempts, and a lot of clinch control. With some of these takedowns, Barberena is trying to catch himself by posting his arm down to stop himself from hitting the ground, and I wouldn't be shocked if his arm ends up snapping from one of these shots. They stood up with 90 seconds left in the round, traded some punches, Covington landed with some clean ones, and then he took the back clinch again, where Barberena immediately started to threaten him with a standing Kimura attempt, which Covington easily yanked his arm free from. Covington's face looked a little busted up & red by the end of the first round, while Barberena still looked prefectly fine, but it's hard to give that round to anyone other than Covington based on his top control & wrestling.
     Covington started the second round with another takedown, 30 seconds into the round. Barberena eventually stood back up, and they traded some strikes, but in the end, that round goes to Covington as well. The third round was more of the same, with Covington winning the wrestling exchanges, and Barberena doing a decent job keeping the striking competitive, but Covington should still win this fight on the scorecards. All 3 judges agreed, giving the win to Colby Covington for the unanimous decision.
TKO (Punches)
      Covington is known for his wrestling, and Griffin is making his UFC debut with a reputation of having heavy hands. They both traded some heavy punches to start the fight, both got a little rocked, and then Covington took Griffin to the ground one minute into the first round. Griffin was working for a Kimura from the bottom, with Covington in side control, and he used that to sweep Covington and get back to his feet. Covington took the fight back to the ground again, and continue to control Griffin with his wrestling. Covington postured up with 2 minutes left in the round and landed some solid elbows, including one that sounded like it smashed a watermelon. Griffin did a decent job defending himself on the ground, but the first round very clearly goes to Covington.
     Covington came out throwing ridiculously bad looking kicks to start the second round, and Griffin clipped him with some punches again, so Covington took the fight to the ground 30 seconds into the second round, and then continued to pound on Griffin, while Griffin turtled up near the fence. Griffin tried to stand up, and Covington whipped him to the ground 2 minutes into the round and cut him open with some elbows from full mount. Griffin tried to explode back to his feet, and Covington grabbed his back and dragged him to the ground again. Covington dominated the rest of the round with his wrestling.
     The final round was the same thing, with Covington taking Griffin to the ground, he dominated him with ground & pound against the fence while riding his back, and Griffin just looked absolutely outclassed in this fight. Fantastic performance by Colby Covington, and a terrible UFC debut for Max Griffin. The referee was forced to stop the fight around the halfway mark of the final round. Covington started talking about title shots and shit, but I mean... Come on bro... I had him ranked #37 at Welterweight going into this fight, we'll see where he goes from here.
Submission (Rear-Naked Choke)
      Covington started the fight with a wacky tornado kick, followed by a takedown attempt, which Meunier was able to stuff. Covington grabbed his back, and then dumped him to the ground, but Meunier stood back up again. He's showing some pretty fantastic takedown defense, but Covington was finally able to get him down one minute into the round. Covington tried to grab his back, and Meunier was throwing some elbows back at Covington's head. Covington continued to ride Meunier like a giant turtle, while throwing punches to the side of Meunier's head. Covington dumped Meunier to the ground, landing inside his guard with 2 minutes remaining in the opening round. The referee stood them up with 30 seconds left in the round. Nothing really happened in those 30 seconds. The first round goes to Covington.
     The second round had Covington still looking to win the fight by taking Meunier to the ground, and controlling him with his wrestling. Meanwhile, Meunier was looking for submissions from his guard. They sort of went into a heel hook battle, Covington tried to sit up, and Meunier blasted him with a hard back elbow. Covington eventually spun out of the leg lock danger, and grabbed Meunier's back again, going for another turtle ride. Meunier kept looking for submissions, but his blue belt wasn't making much progress for him.Covington really started to grind the shit out of him in the final 20 seconds of the round. I have Covington ahead, 20-18, going into the final round.
     The third round looked like it could be more of the same, until Covington blasted Meunier with a spinning back fist, he dropped Meunier, jumped on him, grabbed his back, and put him away with a rear-naked choke. Really nice finish for Colby Covington, against a dude I've never heard of, that took the fight on short notice. Covington is building quite the record in the UFC, I just wish it was against fighters I've heard of. Anying Wang? Wagner Silva Gomes? Jonathan Meunier? I mean, Mike Pyle is legit, but other than that, his other 3 wins leave me with a question mark above my head. Congrats to Covington for getting another win. And... Did he just call out GSP? In Canada? Hahaha... Take this dude's mic away from him. WAIT! Hahaha... AND THEN he called out Demian Maia? And said that Maia isn't a real grappler? GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE.
Submission (Guillotine Choke)
      Covington started this fight by shooting for a takedown, Alves was sort of defending it with a guillotine, but it looked like Covington was prepared for it, so I didn't think he would get it. Alves then turned it into a flying guillotine, Covington stood up straight and tried to slam his way out of it, and it looked like he might have spiked his own head on the ground in the process, and Alves was locked on like a pitbull, so Covington was forced to tap as soon as the fight hit the groud. Really impressive submission victory by Warlley Alves.
      Well shoot, I really wanted Pyle to win this fight, but Covington has looked pretty solid so far, so I'm not that surprised by the outcome of this fight. Covington was able to take Pyle down in all 3 rounds, and pretty much beat him up on the ground, and controlled the pace of the majority of the fight. It's worth noting that Pyle took a BAD knee to the groin, only a couple of minutes into the first round, so that probably didn't help anything, but in the end, Covington pretty clearly won this fight, and all 3 judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory against a real veteran. Pyle went for a Kimura at the end of the third round, and really started to dominate during the last couple of minutes, but it wasn't enough to make up for being controlled for the first 13 minutes.
(Rear-Naked Choke)
     This was a pretty good fight. Covington looked really impressive, showing aggressive striking, and of course his wrestling skills paved the way to victory for him in this fight. Wagner Silva had Covington in a little bit of trouble in the second round, but ultimately, this was Covington's fight. The third round was complete domination, with Covington taking the fight to the ground, beating the shit out of Silva, and finishing him with a rear-naked choke after completely flattening him out. Colby Covington looks to be a really promising up & coming fighter at 170.
Submission (Strikes)
      This was a pretty impressive debut by Colby Covington, where he was able to show some really solid wrestling skills, completely controlling the fight from beginning to end, and eventually, after pinning Wang up against the cage near the end of the first round, he started raining down punches, eventually forcing Wang to tapout due to punches. Really nice win for Colby Covington.