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UFC 251 free fight: Kamaru Usman stops Colby Covington in back-and-forth thriller at UFC 245 (video)

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The next time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) stages an event it will be on July 11, 2020, on “Fight Island,” which is located on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Indeed, UFC 251 will kickoff a total of four mixed martial arts (MMA) events for the promotion in the span of just 15 days.

Headlining the ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) card will be a Welterweight title fight between division champion, Kamaru Usman, and top contender, Gilbert Burns. “Durinho” earned the opportunity after Jorge Masvidal — the rightful No. 1 contender — couldn’t come to financial terms with UFC.

Before “The Nigerian Nightmare” attempts to secure his second title defense, take a look back at his first, a dominant victory over his bitter rival and former interim division champion, Colby Covington.

Back in Dec. 2019, Usman and Covington headlined UFC 245 from Las Vegas, Nevada. As expected, the two men wasted no time getting after it, with Covington determined to be the aggressor early on. Not one to back down, Usman stayed in the pocket and delivered his own shots, as well.

And that was pretty much the story of every round, both men swinging for the fences, eating shots and delivering them. That was up until “The Nigerian Nightmare” picked up the pace in the fifth and final frame. With just a little more than one minute remaining in the fight, Usman really started connecting on his shots, wobbling Colby on a few occasions.

With 68 seconds remaining, Usman connected on a huge straight right that dropped Covington. From there, the champ pounced on his wounded foe — who managed to get back up only to get dropped again — until referee Marc Goddard put an end to the fight. While the stoppage may have been premature, Goddard perhaps saved Covington from further damage, as he suffered several facial injures, including a broken jaw.

UFC 251 will also feature a Featherweight title fight between division kingpin, Alexander Volkanovski, and Max Holloway, as well as a vacant Bantamweight title fight between Jose Aldo and Petr Yan.

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