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Coming off the back off a TKO loss to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, the former interim title holder got back to winning ways at the expense of former title holder Tyron Woodley at UFC Vegas 11 on Sunday.
A bout that was probably booked a few years later than fans would have liked, it was a one-sided affair, with Covington mixing his striking and grappling to stymie Woodley through four rounds, before eventually getting a stoppage in the fifth when Woodley succumbed to a rib injury.
“Marty Fake News-man (Usman) and Street Judas (Masvidal), we’ve got unfinished business. There’s nowhere to run and there’s nowhere to hide. I’m coming for you. You’re next.”
With both fighters coming off losses, Covington and Woodley both needed to win to show they’re still a threat at the top. Covington fought with the urgency of a man who seemed to know that, while Woodley appeared hesitant to let his hands go for most of the fight and had little to show against the high tempo attack of Covington.
But while the main event was less than spectacular, there was plenty of action earlier in the card.
Price came out of the gates firing, swarming on Cerrone inside the opening minutes to try get the job quickly. Cerrone was able to withstand the early onslaught, and the two went back and forth for the full 15 minutes. Price had the better of the exchanges and was the more active fighter, Cerrone, who got the second round on one judge’s card, did enough in the third round to get the draw.
Australian Jessica-Rose Clark made her first appearance inside the octagon since November last year and returned in a big way with a third-round TKO win over Sarah Alpar. There was some controversy in the fight as Clark appeared to have ended it with a knee against the fence. However, referee Chris Tognoni stepped in to pause the fight as it appeared Clark’s strike could have been illegal. Replay showed Alpar’s backside was still slightly above the canvas when the knee it, meaning the strike was legal. Under Nevada State Athletic Commission rules, the bout could continue after replay since the fight was only temporarily paused and never officially waved off. Alpar was asked if she could continue, said yes, and then wore some extra strikes as Clark got the finish anyway.
Khamzat Chimaev continued he’s impressive start in the UFC, needing just 17 seconds to stop veteran Gerald Meerschaert – uncorking a straight right hand than landed flush on Meerschaert’s chin, sending him to the canvas. Chimaev needed just four strikes to finish the job – two of which came when Meerschaert had already been dropped.
Full results from UFC Vegas 11
Colby Covington beat Tyron Woodley via fifth-round TKO
Donald Cerrone and Niko Price fought to a majority draw
Khamzat Chimaev beat Gerald Meerschaert via first-round KO
Johnny Walker beat Ryan Spann via first-round TKO
Mackenzie Dern beat Randa Markos via first-round submission
Kevin Holland beat Darren Stewart via split decision
David Dvorak beat Jordan Espinosa via unanimous decision
Damon Jackson beat Mirsad Bektić via third-round submission
Mayra Bueno Silva beat Mara Romero Borella via first-round submission
Jessica-Rose Clark beat Sarah Alper via third-round TKO
Darrick Minner beat TJ Laramie via first-round submission
Randy Costa beat Journey Newson via first-round KO
Andre Ewell beat Irwin Rivera via split decision
Tyson Nam beat Jerome Rivera via second-round TKO