Covington stops Woodley in fifth at UFC Fight Night 178

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

UFC fighter Colby Covington defeated his opponent, Tyron Woodley, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 178. Covington won due to a TKO (Rib Injury) in the fifth round at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Covington dominated the fight with Woodley, who suffered a rib injury at some point during the fight. The fight was stopped at 1:19 in the fifth round.

UFC fighter Colby Covington attempts to kick Tyrone Woodley in the main event of UFC Fight Night 178
Colby Covington attempts to kick Tyrone Woodley in the main event of UFC Fight Night 178 (Photo by UFC News/Twitter)

Following the win, President Donald Trump called his MAGA supporter. Before this fight, Covington joined Justin Gaethje and Henry Cejudo at a campaign rally in Las Vegas.

The Springfield, Oregon native received the call with the POTUS during his interview after the fight with Megan Olivi on ESPN+.

“You are a great fighter, man,” Trump said on the phone. “I’ll tell you, you make it so easy. I don’t know how you do it.”

Trump admitted that he rushed out of a rally to see the main event. Covington, Gaethje, and Cejudo was campaigning for Trump on Sept. 13th.

“You gave me the dragon energy when you shook my hand on Sunday,” Covington said to Trump. “It doesn’t matter if King Kong is in front of me, I was not gonna lose after getting to shake your hand.”

With the win, the 32-year-old Covington improved to 16-2 in his MMA career. This is his fourth knockout win in his career.

Before losing to Kamaru Usman, the former interim Welterweight Champion was on a seven-fight win streak. This was his first TKO win since he defeated Max Griffin by TKO (Punches) on Aug. 20, 2016.

Woodley – a former UFC Welterweight Champion – fell to 19-6-1 in his career. This is only the second-time he was knocked out in his fights.

The 38-year-old – who is on the downside of his career – has now lost three straight bouts. He has lost to Covington, Gilbert Burns, and Usman since March 2019.

The St. Louis, Missouri native was knocked out in a loss for the first-time since July 14, 2012 when he lost to Nate Marquardt at Strikeforce – Rockhold vs. Jardine.

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