The Ultimate Fighting Championship wraps up its 2019 pay-per-view slate with a card in Las Vegas featuring three title bouts. In the main event, the controversial Colby Covington (15-1) challenges champion Kamaru Usman (15-1) for the UFC welterweight title. Max Holloway (21-4) looks to defend his UFC featherweight title for the fourth time when he meets Australia’s Alexander Volkanovski (20-1). Amanda Nunes (18-4) also looks to further her claim as the greatest women’s fighter of all time when she defends her bantamweight title against Germaine de Randamie (9-3). We’ll have coverage of all the evening’s bouts here.
Chase Hooper vs. Daniel Teymur Chase Hooper is just 20 years old and he gets to fight in the UFC with an unbeaten 8-0-1 record. Daniel Teymur is part of a fighting family and has an exciting style to watch. He is 1-3 thus far in the UFC.
Round 1. Teymur grabs a guillotine choke at the start of the fight and Hooper fights frantically to get out of it. He eventually does. Teymur lands a big right hand and Hooper quickly clinches. Hooper looks to take Teymur’s back from the standing position. Hooper gets the back and lands some punches from there while looking to set up a rear naked choke. Hooper gets the arm under the chin but somehow Teymur is able to survive the choke. Hooper gets mount and lands some big punches. Hooper then switches to a mounted triangle. Hooper lands punch after punch there until the fight is stopped.
Winner: Chase Hooper, TKO, round 1.
Hooper doesn’t have the most intimidating look but but he’s a dangerous fighter. He weathered a little trouble early and dominated Teymur from there. That was Hooper’s first UFC win but it seems unlikely to be his last.
Brandon Moreno vs. Kai Kara-France Moreno and Kara-France both competed on the same season of the Ultimate Fighter for a UFC flyweight title shot and they now face off trying to establish position in an uncertain flyweight division. Moreno has done well in the UFC, accumulating a 4-2-1 record. Kara-France is 3-0 in the UFC thus far, all by decision.
Advertisement Round 1. The pace is fast out of the gate, with both men concentrating principally on their boxing and showcasing fast hands. Both men are landing good shots. Kara-France lands the biggest early shot, a right punch around the midpoint of the round. Kara-France connects again moments later. Moreno is visibly frustrated at the close of the round. 10-9 Kara-France.
Round 2. The second round begins the same way the first was going. One notable change over the course of the fight is that both fighters are mixing in more kicks. Moreno is particularly aggressive in the second, opening up with quick multi-shot combinations. His aggression has forced Kara-France to be more defensive. Kara-France is bleeding noticeably and has slowed down. 10-9 Moreno.
Round 3. Moreno is moving with real confidence as the fight progresses. Like in the previous Eye-Araujo bout, the fight momentum appears to have swung. Moreno is even taunting some between throwing. Moreno connects with a nice combination with a minute left in the round. 10-9 Moreno, 29-28 Moreno.
Winner: Brandon Moreno, unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Advertisement That was a high quality win for Moreno, who showed great heart, cardio and offensive technique against a tough opponent. Moreno is known for being an exciting fighter and he lived up to his reputation.
Jessica Eye vs. Viviane Araujo Jessica Eye earned herself a shot at the UFC women’s flyweight title with three straight wins but that title shot went awry when Valentina Shevchenko knocked out Eye with a brutal head kick. Now, Eye returns to action for the first time since that critical setback. She missed weight for the fight by five pounds. Viviane Araujo has an impressive 8-1 MMA record and has won both of her UFC fights thus far.
Round 1. Araujo lands an early right hand. Both fighters seem content to strike. Araujo is landing a little bit better in the early going. Eye connects with a solid right hand and Araujo responds by taking Eye down. Araujo leaves Eye an opening and Eye returns to her feet. On the feet, Eye comes out swinging and also lands a few low kicks late. Close round. 10-9 Araujo.
Round 2. Eye starts off with a nice right hand. Eye adds some leg kicks as well and as Eye gets more comfortable with her striking, Araujo is throwing less. Eye continues to attack the lead leg with kicks. Araujo gets an emphatic takedown with a minute and a half left in the round. Eye is able to get up in quick order. Eye then goes back to work with her striking, mixing low kicks and straight punches. 10-9 Eye.
Round 3. Araujo is bouncing around on her feet a lot, perhaps to try to signal the leg kicks haven’t affected her. Araujo is also throwing more early in the third than she was in the second. Eye is largely attacking the same way, although she is throwing more body punches in the third. Another competitive round. 10-9 Eye, 29-28 Eye.
Winner: Jessica Eye, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
Eye made some adjustments after the first round and pulled away late, turning the bout into her sort of fight.
Punahele Soriano vs. Oskar Piechota UFC 245 kicks off with what oddsmakers installed as the closest fight of the evening. Hawaiian competitor Punahele Soriano makes his UFC debut undefeated at 6-0 after advancing from Dana White’ Contender Series. The Polish star Oskar Piechota looks to rebound from consecutive submission losses that were the first two of his career.
Round 1. In an early clinch, Soriano lands a massive left hook that drops Piechota to the canvas. Soriano follows with additional punches on the ground looking to finish the fight but remarkably, Piechota is able to recover. Piechota attempts a kimura and a guillotine on the ground and returns to his feet, where Soriano lands a couple more heavy punches. Soriano then lands a huge left hand that drops Piechota hard again and the fight is called off.
Winner: Punahele Soriano, KO, round 1.
Advertisement That went about as well for Soriano as possible. He exhibited the sort of finishing power that will make him a fan favorite in short order. Future opponents are going to have to game plan to avoid that heavy left hand of Soriano’s.
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