Kamaru Usman, Max Holloway, and Amanda Nunes will put their belts on the line as favorites as part of a stacked UFC 245 card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Usman (15-1) will defend his welterweight championship against Colby Covington (15-1) in a matchup that UFC fans have been waiting for years to see. Covington has become a reliable lousy guy for the UFC to promote, his frequent appearances in Make America Great Again hats is undoubtedly an act designed to draw boos and make himself more marketable.
Some of the UFC fighters have bristled about how open he has been recently about the fact that he is just playing a character. In the meantime, Covington has found a new target ahead of his UFC 245 fight: the company itself. According to casino.org, the co-main event will see Max Holloway (21-4) try to hold on to the featherweight title against the dangerous Alexander Volkanovski (20-1). Volkanovski is ready to make his mark on the sport. Holloway is listed as a -167 favorite over Volkanovski (+138).
Amanda Nunes (18-4) will defend her women’s bantamweight title against Germaine de Randamie (9-3) in a third championship bout on the UFC 245 card. She has a win over de Randamie from 2013, in which Nunes won by first-round TKO. Both Nunes and de Randamie say the second fight should go differently, with Nunes saying she will be patient in finding her opportunities to strike. Nunes is the biggest favorite of the three fighters on Saturday’s card, going off at -305 against de Randamie (+240).
“I just have to take my time,” Nunes told reporters. “I know she’s going to make mistakes. Like the first time. I’m going to capitalize. The takedown for sure is something that I look for. But I don’t know when it’s going to happen. I know I’ll be able to strike with her. I know I believe I can knock her out.”