Colby Covington has been transported to hospital following his UFC 245 defeat to Kamaru Usman. The former interim welterweight champion challenged the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ for the undisputed title in the main event of the UFC’s final pay-per-view show of 2019.
Covington, who went into the contest as public enemy No.1, suffered a fifth-round TKO loss to Africa’s first UFC champion, whom he pushed to his absolute limits.
The fight was a truly thrilling one, with both men showcasing their expert striking instead of their renowned wrestling skills.
Covington fought the majority of the contest with a broken jaw, which Usman inflicted on him with a nasty straight left at the end of the second round.
And the injury prompted the UFC’s medical team to immediately send him to the hospital after an initial check-up.
Colby Covington looks on after his UFC 245 defeat to Kamaru Usman
Kamaru Usman broke Colby Covington’s jaw in their welterweight clash
UFC president Dana was impressed by the heart Covington showcased in his ill-fated pursuit of the undisputed 170lb title and gave him his dues in the post-fight press conference.
He said: “To have a broken jaw in almost the second or third round and almost finish the fight is pretty fight.
“So for as big as his mouth is and all the stuff that he talks, the guy can fight. He’s talented and he’s tough.
“He came in here with a game plan tonight.
“Not just fight but how he handled the fight and all those kind of things. And Usman shut it down.”
Covington reflected on his second Octagon defeat from the hospital, where he launched an expletive-laden tirade at referee Marc Goddard for stopping the fight and accused Usman of feigning injury.
“Normally people do their f*****g in the bedroom, not the octagon @marcgoddard_uk!” Covington tweeted. “I go in there to kill or be killed. You robbed me of that.
“You robbed the people of a fair fight. You should be ashamed of yourself. Fake nut shot. Fake eye poke. Fake stoppage. Fake ref. #ufc245.”
Colby Covington was stopped by Kamaru Usman in the fifth-round of their grudge match
UFC 245 results
Kamaru Usman def. Colby Covington via TKO (punches) – Round 5, 4:10
Max Holloway vs Alexander Volkanvoski – Volkanovski def. Holloway via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)
Amanda Nunes vs Germaine de Randamie – Nunes def. de Randamie via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-44, 49-45)
Marlon Moraes vs Jose Aldo – Moraes def. Aldo via split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Petr Yan vs Urijah Faber – Yan def. Faber via TKO (head kick) – Round 1, 0:43
Geoff Neal vs Mike Perry – Neal def. Perry via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:30
Ketlen Vieira vs Irene Aldana – Aldana def. Vieira via KO (punch) – Round 1, 4:59
Iain Heinisch vs Omari Akhmedov – Akhmedov def. Heinisch via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Matt Brown vs Ben Saunders – Brown def. Saunders via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:55
Chase Hooper vs Daniel Teymur – Hooper def. Teymur via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:34
Brandon Moreno vs Kai Kara-France – Moreno def. Kara-France via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Jessica Eye Viviane Araujo – Eye def. Araujo via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Punahele Soriano vs Oskar Piechota – Soriano def. Piechota via KO (punch) – Round 1, 3:45