By: Frank Hyden, MMATorch Senior Columnist
UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Covington was this past week. Let’s get to the rundown.
UFC Fight Night: Woodley vs. Covington
GOOD- Kevin Holland vs. Darren Stewart
This was a solid fight. Holland won by Split Decision. I was kind of leaning towards Stewart winning but I might have missed some stuff during the fight so I might be wrong about that. Good win for Holland.
GOOD- Mackenzie Dern submits Randa Markos
Dern slipped and Markos engaged her on the ground. Dern began working for submissions, starting with a triangle then moving towards armbars. Eventually she locked on a tight armbar and forced the tapout not quite four minutes into the first round. Good win for Dern.
GOOD- Johnny Walker stops Ryan Spann
Spann dropped Walker twice within a short span but Walker battled back. He fought off a Spann takedown attempt and nailed him with some elbows, knocking him out, before finishing him with punches on the ground not quite three minutes into the first round. What a wild and crazy comeback for Walker. Good win for him.
GOOD- Khamzat Chimaev stops Gerald Meerschaert
Chimaev landed a body kick then crushed Meerschaert with a devastating punch that ended the fight in just 17 seconds. Big win for Chimaev.
GOOD/BAD- Donald Cerrone vs. Niko Price
They exchanged big shots in the first round, but Cerrone was poked in the eyes twice. Price was deducted a point after the second poke. That led to a Majority Draw decision after two judges had scores of 28-28 and one had 29-27 in favor of Price. If Price hadn’t poked the eyes of Cerrone, he would have won the fight.
GOOD- Colby Covington stops Tyron Woodley
Covington put a beatdown on Woodley in this fight. He peppered him with punches, elbows, and vicious ground-and-pound. Covington out-physicaled Woodley and put the hurt on him. Woodley was bloodied and possibly broken as the fight ended when Woodley suffered a rib injury of some sort a bit over a minute into the fifth round. Covington did his usual political rant after the win. Good win for Covington as this will give him some more time in the spotlight and allow him to keep pushing people’s buttons.
Michael Chandler has been signed by the UFC and will serve as the backup for the fight between UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Interim UFC Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje on October 25th. It’s hard to say exactly how well Chandler will do in the UFC. He’s won five out of his last six fights, but that was in Bellator. I think he’ll do well but that might just be me being too optimistic. He adds some new blood to the UFC lightweight division, though, so that’s a good thing.
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