Usman, Holloway, Nunes to defend titles at UFC 245


Kamaru Usman celebrates after his win against Tyron Woodley in a welterweight mixed martial arts title fight at UFC 235 in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP)

November’s UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden is set to be headlined by Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal. It’s a rare UFC pay-per-view event that doesn’t feature a title fight, so the promotion has decided to make up for it at UFC 245.

Three title fights will be featured on the Dec. 14 card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with Kamaru Usman, Max Holloway and Amanda Nunes scheduled to defend their championship belts against Colby Covington, Alexander Volkanovski and Germaine de Randamie, respectively.

Usman vs. Covington will be at the top of the card, as the welterweight grudge match is likely to generate the most buzz. Both men are 15-1 in MMA. Usman won the 170-pound title with a unanimous decision over Tyron Woodley in March. He hasn’t lost since his second pro bout back in 2013. Meanwhile, Covington earned a unanimous decision over former champion Robbie Lawler in August to earn his shot at Usman.

Holloway (21-4) rebounded from his April interim lightweight title bout loss to Dustin Poirier by defending his featherweight title against Frankie Edgar in July. The popular Hawaiian will look to make it four consecutive title defences. Volkanovski improved to 21-1 in MMA and 7-0 in the UFC when he beat former champion Jose Aldo in May.

Nunes (18-4) is still riding high off back-to-back knockouts of former champions Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm, while de Randamie (9-3) is coming off a controversial TKO win over Aspen Ladd in July. Nunes is both the women’s featherweight and bantamweight champion. This fight will be for the bantamweight title. De Randamie’s last loss was to Nunes six years ago.

Other fights expected to take place at the event include: Matt Brown vs. Ben Saunders, Jessica Eye vs. Viviane Araujo, Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France and Punahele Soriano vs. Oskar Piechota.

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