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Fight Night: Covington vs. Woodley - Main Fight Preview

Folkloric Colby Covington (15-2 in MMA, 10-2 in the UFC) is one of the most polarizing characters in the MMA world. Formerly a low-profile middleweight fighter, the American took trash talking to absurd heights after his victory over Demian Maia, in Brazil. The character created by “Chaos” led him to a dispute for the interim belt, won against Rafael dos Anjos, but an injury meant that he still had to swallow Robbie Lawler before disputing the linear belt of the category. When he finally came to the dispute, he had a close fight against Kamaru Usman, but ended up knocked out in the last stage.

All-American wrestler from the NCAA first division , Colby turned his quiet grappling game without much emotion into a volume game machine. The infinite gas and resistance allow “Chaos” to go upwards, releasing blows without interruption, without giving spaces to your opponents to breathe. It even mixes the game of falls in the midst of numerous strikes while standing, creating a suffocating game. On the other hand, the defense is not the best, since excessive aggression ends up opening many loopholes for counter strikes and falls. The lack of defining power is also a striking factor, since the strokes hit do not seem to have knockout power behind.

Former champion Tyron Woodley (19-5-1 in MMA, 9-4-1 in the UFC) is going through the worst phase of his UFC career. The American defended his belt on four occasions after snatching it from Robbie Lawler, but ended up handing it off in an apathetic performance against Kamaru Usman. On his return, in May this year, he made an even more worrying presentation against Gilbert Durinho, being dominated and knocked down more than once by the jiu-jiteiro.

Like his opponent, Woodley was an  All-American wrestler in the first division of the sport in the USA. This background , combined with physical strength and a low center of gravity, formed an almost insurmountable defensive barrier. Woodley uses defense to keep the fight where he feels most comfortable, and he has learned over time that the large amount of muscle mass takes a toll on cardiorespiratory fitness. For this reason, he began to expect loopholes from his opponents to attack, which generated several monotonous fights in his kingdom as champion. Tyron has a lot of ability to explode with short aggressions, whether to hit his powerful right hand or shorten the distance and arrange a fall. Above, the black belt of jiu-jitsu knows how to work good submissions and a ground and pound heavy.

At his peak, Woodley would have all the qualities to beat Covington. The defense of insurmountable falls and the excellent standing defense, always offering great danger with the right hand, are the perfect weapons to cancel the volume game of "Chaos". However, in his defeats, Tyron showed enormous difficulty in dealing with constant pressure, volume of blows and changes in level. And Colby does these things like no one else. Unless the “Chosen One” delivers a dizzyingly different performance from the last two, Covington has everything to swallow him with a volume of standing blows and falling attempts, winning a comfortable decision.