UFC 225 Results: Colby Covington Claims Interim Gold Against Rafael Dos Anjos


"This is definitely (the best I have felt in my career)", said Dos Anjos, who has collected three straight victories over Top 10 opponents to land in an interim title fight against Colby Covington this weekend at UFC 225.

With all to fight for in the fifth and final round, Covington immediately attempted to take the fight back to the ground, once again pressuring dos Anjos against the cage and sapping his energy.

"It means a lot for my legacy", admitted Dos Anjos. According to Fightmetric, he threw 355 total strikes and attempted 23 takedowns. "This was supposed to be you", exclaimed Covington. "No one can go 25 minutes".

One hardly could blame Rafael dos Anjos if he's a little unnerved about where he fits in welterweight champion Tyron Woodley's apparent personal pecking order.

Covington's strategy against dos Anjos will look a lot more like his first eight UFC fights - smothering forward pressure and relentless takedown attempts. If Covington can get a hold of dos Anjos' hips and work consistent takedowns, he's capable of simply wrestling his way past a former lightweight champion. Although he landed plenty of offense from the clinch, he was constantly on his back foot, which zapped his power. Covington found the uppercut connecting on dos Anjos and continued to press the action.

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A former NCAA All-American wrestler, Covington has embraced a pro wrestling shtick on social media and in interviews. On several occasions, the Chicago crowd chanted in unison, "Colby sucks".

Jones probably didn't find it too hard to find supporters of that post, as it seems the majority of the MMA world wants to see Covington lose and bad.

Speaking to MMAFighting's Ariel Helwani, he said: 'If the Irish boy wants to try for his third belt, I will be there. "I'm taking this belt to the White House and putting it on Donald Trump's desk". Long before achieving his dream in becoming the UFC welterweight champion, Woodley had taken a journey full of twists and turns, but when you actually sit down an think about it, it's more of him being at the right place at the right time and always staying ready.

On when he's coming back: "I'm projected to be back August 4". This is the real championship belt.

The "something" that came up and scuttled McGregor's return presumably was the April bus attack that took place during a UFC 223 media day event in Brooklyn.