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Here’s an editorial written two years ago, shortly before the first fight between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington at UFC 245. Now that we’ve witnessed not one but two classic matches between them, it’s clear that MMA fans had something to do. be grateful for. It’s a journey back in time before the two ever met in the Octagon, capturing the scale of their first classic just around the corner.
[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 28, 2019, 12:00 PM]
Ah, Thanksgiving. It is a time for families to come together and be grateful for all the blessings of life that have been bestowed upon them. Yes, we all have something to be grateful for, and today is the day to think about it. In my case, what I’m most grateful for today isn’t turkey or minced meat, but the upcoming fight between UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington at UFC 245, which takes place two weeks after Saturday.
That’s right, MMA family, the only thing I’m grateful for is figuring out which of these elite MMA wrestlers gets some takedown on December 14th and see which of the two eats the most shots. When it comes to absorbing damage, both Usman and Covington showed a real lack of appetite, with both fighters getting virtually no damage in each of their combined 21 fights, with Usman absorbing a meager 1.60 bpm and Covington absorbing just 2.35.
And from a demonstration standpoint, both fighters can take the path of least resistance whenever it is presented to them, but make no mistake, both fighters know how to throw punches. In fact, despite the myth that both men are one-dimensional, Colby Covington holds the record for the most strikes in a UFC fight, with a total of 541 strikes against Robbie Lawler in his last game. As for Ousman, facing his toughest test to date against then-champion Tyrone Woodley, Ousman not only set the record for most body punches in UFC combat, but also posted the biggest hit difference in UFC title fight history in the same. Wrestling! Lord, this is a lot of lack of “hugs” on the part of both men. Where is Love?
So if the elite wrestling skills of both men neutralize each other, then someone will be getting more punches than ever before … or maybe both of them will. Perhaps fans will be surprised when two people who are used to feeding on the will of their opponents are torn apart in an unexpected five-round war. Yes, as a child whose parents keep hinting at an epic Christmas present that I have no idea about in these weeks leading up to the big day of December, I am so grateful for not knowing. And as we all know, the anticipation season for the big December event officially begins on Thanksgiving.
Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington proved to be the most dominant welterweight fighters. Between the two, it can be argued that, with the exception of Covington’s first-round loss to Warrley Alves four years ago, neither of them have lost a single round in the UFC. Both grapplers are instead accustomed to earning technical falls in MMA. They were so dominant that there is a good chance that this is only the first chapter in a long rivalry between the two top talents. And this is one more thing I am grateful for this contest: both men are 100% in their prime numbers.
Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful for what we have and what we regret to take for granted in our daily lives. Well, a 10-0 versus 10-1 fight between two opponents in their prime is nothing short of a matter of course. Sure, it may not generate buzz among other fights this year, including the BMF fight earlier this month between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz, but the fact remains that Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington is, in terms of competition, the fight of the year. on the paper. Both men may have their ill-wishers, and their fighting styles are generally not the most fan-friendly, but that doesn’t change reality: if you’re a purist and want to know who the best man is, it’s fights. salivate because they are rare as they are indeed rare, as our Khabib versus Ferguson troubles show.
So, I invite you to join me at this table of those who are grateful for talents like Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington, even if many are not around you. And if you are grace, pray that both men get to Las Vegas safe and sound and well over 30%. Because besides all the drama between the fighters and all the outside noise of ungrateful people who don’t really understand how epic this fight is, the simple truth is that this is a really damn good fight that any fan of our sport should have. be grateful for.
Now go eat.