Last night, former UFC Welterweight Champion, Tyron Woodley finally faced former UFC Interim Welterweight Champion, Colby Covington.
Below, we’ll list the events results, followed by some key thoughts and takeaways from the night.
Colby Covington def. Tyron Woodley via fifth-round TKO
Donald Cerrone vs. Niko Price declared Majority Draw
Khamzat Chimaev def. Gerald Meerschaert via first-round KO
Johnny Walker def. Ryan Spann via first-round TKO
Mackenzie Dern def. Randa Markos via first-round Submission
Kevin Holland def. Darren Stewart via Split Decision
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David Dvorak def. Jordan Espinosa via Unanimous Decision
Damon Jackson def. Mirsad Bektic via third-round Submission
Mayra Bueno Silva def. Mara Romero Borella via first-round Submission
Jessica-Rose Clark def. Sarah Alpar via third-round TKO
Darrick Minner def. T.J. Laramie via first-round Submission
Randy Costa def. Journey Newson via first-round KO
Andre Ewell def. Irwin Rivera via Split Decision
Tyson Nam def. Jerome Rivera via second-round TKO
Who matches up next at Welterweight?
The Welterweight Division is currently so stacked, that it’s in danger of getting jammed up.
By all accounts, Gilbert Burns is next to face Kamaru Usman for the belt and Jorge Masvidal is in talks to rematch Nate Diaz. In the top 5, that would leave Leon Edwards to face Tyron Woodley. However, Edwards is on an 8 fight win streak and Woodley is now on a 3 fight losing streak, likely to drop out of the top 10 when the rankings next update.
Also in the top 10 is Demian Maia who is reportedly booked to face Khamzat Chimaev. Rafael Dos Anjos and Vicente Luque have already been defeated by Edwards, so that just leaves #6 ranked Stephen Thompson to face Edwards. Thompson however has lost 2 of his last 3, so Edwards seems to be drawing the short straw when is comes to earning a title shot.
A potentially obvious option would be to match up Covington and Edwards, but Covington has only expressed an interest to fight Jorge Masvidal or Kamaru Usman.
It’ll be interesting to see how things play out, and if any fights fall apart, leaving opportunity for others in the division.
What happened to Woodley?
Tyron Woodley previously won the UFC Welterweight Title with a KO win over Robbie Lawler.
He’s had a great career, and at one point considered himself one of the greatest fighters of all time. Whether you agree with that or not, there’s no doubt that Woodley earned his way to the top.
The last time Woodley won, he dropped and submitted Darren Till with one of his finest performances to date.
Since beating Darren Till, Woodley has lost 15 rounds in a row. He lost a 5 round decision to Kamaru Usman, then to Gilbert Burns, and last night lost all rounds until he was TKOd in the 5th by Colby Covington.
Everyone loses, and we’ve seen a lot of great fighters go on a losing streak. But it’s the manner which Woodley is losing in. He is constantly backing up against the cage, allowing pressure, and his opponents have free reign to impose their game plan on him. He is not throwing many strikes and is getting taken down more than ever before.
If Woodley was competing or just getting caught, you could have faith that he’ll turn it around and get back on track. But when he is not landing a glove on his opponents and losing round after round, without any urgency or emotion surrounding him, it may be time for Woodley to consider retirement, or a huge change of some kind.
How good is Khamzat Chimaev?
Khamzat Chimaev is the latest product of a “UFC Hype Train”.
He came into the UFC fairly unknown, with a record of 6-0, all by finishes. Then he won two fights inside of just 11 days, and both by complete domination.
The UFC booked him to face Gerald Meerschaert who is a UFC veteran and believed to be Chimaevs first test. Chimaev knocked him out in just 17 seconds brutally.
Although Meerschaert is not a world beater, he has faced some of the UFCs top talent, and is tied for the most submission wins in the Middleweight Division. This was a true test to see if he’s ready for the next step, and he passed with flying colours.
You can only beat who is in front of you, and Chimaev has finished all 9 of his opponents with ease. He is winning fights across two divisions and he has showed to be strong in every area. Splitting his finishes across both KOs on the feet, TKOs on the ground and also Submissions. There doesn’t seem to be anywhere safe to go with this fighter.
Chimaev is booked to face Demian Maia next, who is one of the best grapplers in UFC history. If he can get past him in the same dominant fashion, Chimaev will need an opponent around the top 5, and it may not be long before he’s fighting for a title.