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Fighting through pain, Covington dug deep and connected some good strikes, coupled with the same pace he had in the previous round. He stunned Usman in many occasions but the fight was more or less very even and a decision before the start of the fifth, could go either ways.
Midway through the fifth, Usman came to live and landed some of the hardest punches of the fight. In the final minute of the last round, Usman battered bloodied and dropped Covington to the canvas. He made it up but the punches kept coming from the champ while the challenger clung to his legs before the fight got waved off by the referee
Covington protested the stoppage by the referee Marc Goddard. He left the cage running and didn’t do any post fight interview while Usman celebrated the win and before leaving, drew attention to a recent tragic incident in his family.
Kamaru Usman is unbeaten in the UFC and holds a 15 – 0 record including Wins over Covington, former welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, former lightweight champ Rafael Dos Anjos, and Demian Maia
The loss was Covington’s first since losing to Warlley Alves in 2015. This is the second loss in his professional career and tbis snaps a seven fight winning streak.