Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman (15-1-0) and Colby “Chaos” Covington (15-1-0) clash in a Welterweight title fight at UFC245 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Kamaru Usman, the 32 year-old Nigerian champion, last fought in March, when he had a unanimous decision victory over Tyron Woodley of the USA to claim the title in UFC235.
Usman is a powerful striker, with a solid chin and plenty of gas in the tank. He’s also a top grappler and rarely seems to have been troubled since starting his rise to the top of the UFC Welterweight division.
The 31 year-old American southpaw Colby Covington has been in the octagon more recently than his opponent, having beaten Robbie Lawler on a unanimous decision in August.
Covington has an aggressive striking style and is another excellent wrestler who comes into this fight on the back of seven straight wins.
Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington Betting Lines & Predictions
This looks likely to be an evenly matched fight in terms of UFC245 predictions and the betting odds suggest likewise, with Usman only a fairly marginal favourite.
“The Nigerian Nightmare” looks to have a slight edge in terms of power and his ability on the mat, with his somewhat polarizing challenger perhaps counting on frustrating the champion before taking control of the fight in the later stages.
There’s bad blood between these two, but Usman looks to have the tools to win here and is the tip to do so.
UFC Pick: Fight Result – Kamaru Usman to Win @ -175 (1.57) with Betway Sports