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UFC on ESPN+ 36 live results: Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley

Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC on ESPN+ 36: Covington vs. Woodley, emanating from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

It is the final event in Las Vegas before the Octagon heads back to Abu Dhabi for round two of UFC Fight Island events for five weeks, and the main event sees a long-awaited welterweight grudge match finally take place.

Former Interim UFC Welterweight Champion Colby Covington and former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley will finally meet inside the Octagon to settle their differences in the night's five-round headline bout. This fight has been over two years in the making, and while it was originally supposed to happen while both held UFC gold, it will now finally take place with both looking to get back into a title fight.

In the co-main event, it is an exciting welterweight bout as Donald Cerrone looks to get back into the win column as he battles Niko Price. Another featured fight sees the first Las Vegas appearance for undefeated Khamzat Chimaev, who comes in with a tremendous amount of hype after two wins over the span of ten days in July, as he takes on Gerald Meerschaert in a middleweight bout. The rest of the main card sees Johnny Walker take on Ryan Spann, Mackenzie Dern takes on Randa Markos, and Kevin Holland and Darren Stewart meet in the main card opener.

Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.

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> Tyson Nam (19-11-1, 1-2 UFC) vs. Jerome Rivera (10-2, 0-0 UFC)
Bantamweights

Nam controlling the Octagon early. Rivera throwing low kicks while Nam is mainly throwing punches to the head. Rivera coming in on short notice after just getting a win on the Contender Series last month. Rivera landing hard kicks to the lead leg of Nam midway through the round. Rivera warned by the ref for extending his fingers. Rivera with 10 leg kicks landed through 3 minutes. Nice punch combo from Nam at 3:15. Leg kick from Rivera nearly drops Nam with 90 seconds left. Knee/punch combo from Nam at 4:15. Ncie punch combo from Nam with 30 seconds left. Nam starting to land leg kicks at the end of the round and also lands a hard body shot. Close round, 10-9 Nam

Nam drops Rivera with a punch 20 seconds in and goes right into his guard, landing hard punches. Rivera trying to throw up a submission attempt but Nam just pounding him. Ref warns him to fight back but Nam continues to land punches and the ref stops it. 

Official result - Tyson Nam (20-11-1) by TKO (punches)

Nam called out Joseph Benavidez after the fight in his interview. That's a good name and there's isn't a ton of flyweights in UFC so he just may get him. Nam normally fights at 125 so he would be going back to his regular weight class if that fight takes place. 

> Andre Ewell (16-6, 3-2 UFC) vs. Irwin Rivera (10-5, 1-1 UFC)
Bantamweights

Nice punch exchange with both guys landing good shots 20 seconds in. Ewell controlling the pace and using his reach advantage to land punches from distance. Rivera throwing leg kicks just like the other Rivera in the first fight. Nice punch combo from Rivera 90 seconds in. Ewell with a flash knockdown after landing a left cross. Rivera with a takedown attempt missed badly. Ewell sprawls out of another takedown attempt and lands a hard knee to the head on the way out. Ewell backs Rivera up with a punch/elbow combo. Ewell sprawls out of another takedown attempt. Ewell landing body kicks. Ewell with a punch combo, including a hard shot to the body with 2 minutes left. Ewell with a 10-1 advantage in body strikes landed. Ewell with a punch combo after Rivera misses a haymaker. Ewell sprawls out of another takedown attempt with a minute left. Ewell takes the back on the ground and lands light punches to the head. Ewell secures  a body lock but Rivera reverses and ends up on top with 10 seconds left, landing elbows to the head. 10-9 Ewell

Rivera with a takedown attempt stuffed in the first minute. Ewell with a 34-23 advantage in significant strikes landed. Ewell was breathing really heavy between rounds but seems okay to start the 2nd. Rivera is throwing more often early and lands a nice punch combo 90 seconds in. Ewell has definitely slowed his pace but he's still landing his fair share of punches. Rivera continuing to land leg kicks. Great punch combo from Ewell with just under 2 minutes left after a hard leg kick from Rivera. Rivera bleading from the nose. Rivera with a body punch combo with a minute left. Ewell with a 31-16 advantage in significant strikes landed in round 2. Ewell lands a hard shot to the body against the cage. Ewell landing jabs from distance in the last minute. Rivera with a takedown attempt stuffed with 15 seconds left. 10-9 Ewell, 20-18

Rivera throwing leg kicks to start round 3. Ewell with a nice punch combo 40 seconds in. Ewell really pacing imself better than he's done in previous fights. Ewell with 76 significant strikes landed is just shy of his personal best with 4 minutes left to go. Ewell continuing to land punches from distance while Rivera is doiong well to eat them all but not offering up much in the way of defence or counter striking. Rivera does land some nice jabs midway through the round. Rivera still landing hard kicks. Ewell answers back with a punch combo with 90 seconds left and then defends a takedown attempt. Rivera now 0/8 on takedown attempts. Ewell cut on the bridge of his nose so Rivera is doing some damage but Ewell is pretty much dominating. Nice punch combo from Ewell with 30 seconds left. Round 3 significant strikes landed are 48-33 for Ewell so he shatters his personal best. Rivera finally got a takedown with 10 seconds left and landed elbows to the head to close the fight. 10-9 Ewell, 30-27 overall

Official result - Andre Ewell (17-6) by split decision (29-28 x 2; 28-29)

Ewell ended up with 123 significant strikes landed, shattering his personal best.  No idea how Rivera won the fight on one judge's card, given the fact that Ewell outstruck him all 3 rounds and by a pretty significant margin. He got one late takedown in the 3rd and the only other time it was on the ground, Ewell was in control Could be an interesting night of judging if this is any indication. 

Media scores were 94% for Ewell with 89% having it 30-27 for him. So only 11% of the media scoring felt Ewell won a single round but all 3 judges gave him the third with another judge also giving him the 2nd round. 

> Journey Newson (9-2 1 NC, 0-1 1 NC UFC) vs. Randy Costa (5-1, 1-1 UFC)
Bantamweights

Costa with early cage control. Newson looks to be loading up his right hand. Costa nails him with a kick to the head and he drops like a rock, out cold. 

Official result - Randy Costa (6-1) by KO (kick) at 41 seconds

> Darrick Minner (24-11, 0-1 UFC) vs. TJ Laramie (12-3, 0-0 UFC)
Featherweights

Minner with early cage control. Minner goes to the cage clinch and firing punches to the body. Laramie quickly takes control Minner with a standing guillotine attempt and drags Laramie to the ground and Laramie taps quickly. 

Official result - Darrick Minner (25-11) by submission at 52 seconds

That was Minner's 22nd submission win and he said that he can fight whenever they need him to and no one is making their name in UFC off of him. 

> Jessica-Rose Clark (9-6 1 NC, 2-2 UFC) vs. Sarah Alpar (9-4, 0-0 UFC)
Women's Bantamweights

Clark with early Octagon control. Clark throwing occasional punches and kicks while Alpar looks a little nervious in the first minute. Alpar with a takedown attempt. Clark was down briefly but up without taking any damage and it may not even be scored a takedown. Alpar controlling a cage clinch. Ref warns them to stay busy 2 minutes in. Clark landing occasional elbows to the head while Alpar is working for the takedown. Clark sprawls and they end up on the ground with Clark landing elbows to the head. They both get up quickly with Alpar still in control. Clark with more elbows standing and then takes the back. Clark with punches to the head while Alpar tries to restore position. Ref warns them to stay busy again. Clark controlling the back and drags her to the ground. Clark in half guard while Alpar is trying to tie her up from the back. Clark landing punches and elbows ot the head from Half guard with 30 seconds left. Clark with punches to the body  and moves into side control as the round ends. 10-9 Clark

Albar gets a takedown to start the second but Clark is right up. Alpar controlling the clinch. Clark with elbows to the head while defending the takedown. Clark with a hard knee to the body and then takes control of the clinch. Clark takes the back standing 1:45 in. they separate on their own. Clark looking way more fresh and controlling the pace. Clark goes back to the cage clinch 2 minutes in. Clinch strikes landed are 17-12 for Clark. Ref warns them to stay busy at 2:30 and they break on their own. Alpar with a takedown attempt and they end up back on the cage. More elbows to the head for Clark. Alpar ends up going to the ground but Clark pulls her back up and keeps landing punches and elbows to the head. Clark sprawls out of a takedown attempt and then takes the back on the ground with a minute left. Knees to the body from Clark and then lands a flurry of punches to the head. Alpar not defending at all but the ref doesn't seem at all close to stopping it. Clark working for a rear naked choke but is going to run out of time. 10-8 Clark, 20-17 overall

Clark defends a takedown attempt to start the 3rd. Alpar stays on the ground while working the leg of Clark, trying to complete the takedown. Clark ends up on her back, landing elbows to the head. Both to their feet 1 minute in and Clark backs off and lands a hard kick to the body. Clark with a punch combo and Alpar drops to the ground. On the way down, Clark nails her with a knee to the head and the fight is over. Announcers speculating that it may be illegal. Ref is claiming he didn't call the fight off. Alpar is leaking blood from her nose. Ref asks Alpar if she can continue and she says yes so the fight is still on. Clark just destroying Alpar on the restart with punches and elbows on the ground. Alpar's face is a bloody mess. Clark working for a triangle on the ground. She gives that up but settles into mount. Alpar gives up her back and Clark landing hard punches to the head. Alpar working for a rear naked choke. Mat is covered with Alpar's blood. Clark landing punches to the head. Alpar won't quit and the ref should stop this. He never should've restarted it. Tognoni has made a series of bad calls of late and this might be the worst. Clark controlling the back from a sitting position and continuing to land punches. Clark with a guillotine choke attempt. Both to their feet and Clark lands a hard knee to the body and Alpar falls to the mat and the ref stops it. 

Official result - Jessica-Rose Clark (10-6) by TKO (knee) at 4:21 of the 3rd round

That was Clark's first stoppage win since 2014 and her first in the UFC. 

> Mayra Bueno Silva (6-1, 1-1 UFC) vs. Mara Romero Borella (13-8 1 NC, 2-4 UFC)
Women's Flyweights

Borella throwing jabs to the head early with Silva answering back with a hard leg kick. Borella takes to a cage clinch and gets a takedown 45 seconds in. Silva doesn't seem to mind being on her back through as she's got a good ground game. Borella landing punches to the head while Silva throws her legs up to try and set up a trianlge. Borella with hammer fists from the top and controlling Silva's wrists. Silva getting close to securing the triangle and then takes the arm and gets the armbar and Borella taps quickly. 

Official result - Mayra Bueno Silva (7-1) by submission (armbar) at 2:29

> Mirsad Bektic (13-3, 6-3 UFC) vs. Damon Jackson (17-3-1 1 NC, 0-1 1 NC UFC)
Featherweights

Bektic gets an instant takedown to start the fight. Jackson up 30 seconds in without taking any damage. Bektic takes him down again and landing punches and elbows too the head and takes the back. Jackson works him back to guard. Ref warns Bektic not to punch the back of the head and Bektic does just that so he stops it and takes away position, giving Bektic a hard warning. Bektic gets a takedown right away on the restart. Jackson with a guillotine attempt from his back. Bektic stands up to get out of it and then goes back into the guard. Bektic on his back and landing punches to the head. Knees to the body from Bektic. Jackson to his feet and secures a Kimura, dropping back to the mat. Bektic trying to fight it off and landing punches to the body and head, forcing Jackson to drop it. Bektic on his back again as he tries to get to his feet. Bektic trying to secure a body lock while continuing to land punches to the head. Hard punches to the body from Bektic. Bektic with over 3 minutes of ground control in the first 4 minutes and they're still on the ground. Ref warns them to work with 30 seconds left. Bektic, on cue, lands more punches  and working for a choke. Hard hammer fists from Bektic as the round ends. 10-9 Bektic, almost a 10-8

Bektic takes Jackson down to start the 2nd. Jackson with a guillotine attempt from his back and Bektic landing punches to the body to try and fight out of it. Bektic gets out of it 1:15 in and stays in top position. Bektic takes the back as Jackson tries to get to his feet. Both guys in a sitting position at 1:45 with Bektic in control. Bektic takes the back again but Jackson to his feet 2 minutes in. Bektic still controlling his back and then takes him down again at 2:30. Bektic with punches to the body as Jackson looks to be setting up a Kimura. Jackson to his feet briefly but Bektic takes him back down and takes the back again. Punches to the body and head from Bektic as he maintains control. Total strikes are 58-1 for Bektic with a minute left in the 2nd. Bektic with a guillotine attempt with 45 seconds left. Bektic on his back while Jackson has his feet in the air and parallel to the cage. Jackson escapes and ends up on top with 15 seconds left. Jackson landing elbows to the head as the round ends. 10-9 Bektic, 20-18

Bektic with a takedown attempt to start and ends up in control of a clinch. Jackson with another guillotine attempt and they end up on the ground. Jackson reverses into top position and still has the guillotine. Bektic is forced to tap as he was starting to turn purple. 

Official result - Damon Jackson (18-3-1) by submission (guillotine) at 1:21 of the 3rd

> Jordan Espinosa (#13, 15-7 1 NC, 2-2 UFC) vs. David Dvorak (#14, 18-3, 1-0 UFC)
Flyweights

Espinosa throwing a lot of leg kicks early. Espinosa rocks Dvorak with a hard left 20 seconds in. Dvorak throwing leg kicks as well and Espinosa nearly drops from one 45 seconds in. Dvorak backs up Espinosa with a punch combo. More leg kicks from Dvorak. Dvorak starting to establish Octagon control. Dvorak rocks Espinosa with a punch combo at 2:15. Espinosa with a half hearted takedown attempt at 2:45. Both guys continuing to land leg kicks but Dvorak definitely landing more often and harder. Neither guys doing much in the last minute, just avoiding each other. 10-9 Dvorak

Dvorak with early Octagon control in round 2 and landing more leg kicks. Espinosa with a nice knee to the body but he's having a hard time standing on his lead leg from all the damage. Dvorak defends a takedown attempt 90 seconds in. Nice punch exchange midway through the round and it looked like Dvorak landed the harder shots. Espinosa starting to land jabs from distance. Dvorak rocks Espinosa with a leg kick with just over a minute left. Espinosa continuing to land his jabs but the kicks of Dvorak are finding their mark. Punch combo from Dvorak with 30 seconds left. Espinosa switches stances as he was really taking damage. Dvorak with a couple more leg kicks as the round ends. 10-9 Dvorak but both rounds are close, 20-18 overall

Spinosa's corner spent the minute between rounds icing down his leg as he's taken a lot of damage and Dvorak right back to the kicks to open the third. Dvorak pushes him back to the cage with punches but Espinosa breaks free. Dvorak with 18 leg kicks landed through 11 minutes of the fight. Espinosa with a nice body kick. Espinosa limping after another hard leg kick from Dvorak. Punch combo from Dvorak midway through the round. Punch combo from Dvorak with 2 minutes left after another hard leg kick. Espinosa still landing occasional leg kicks of his own. Dvorak with a punch combo with 30 seconds left. Dvorak with a 60-48 advantage in strikes landed so it's close but the leg kicks are so effective, it was the difference in the fight. 10-9 Dvorak, 30-27

Official result - David Dvorak (19-3) by unanimous decision (30-27 x 3)

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> Kevin Holland (18-5, 5-2 UFC) vs. Darren Stewart (12-5 1 NC, 5-4 1 NC UFC)
Middleweights

Clinch battle to start in the centre with both guys fighting for control. Holland ends up in control on the cage but Stewart nails him with a knee to the groin, causing a stoppage. On the restart, the ref takes away position, which was odd. Holland throwing a nice mix of kicks on the restart. Stewart rocks him with a punch combo. Both guys throwing crazy bombs against the cage and Holland clinches up. Holland with foot stomps. Holland's foot stomps are landing hard. Stewart with little jabs to the body as they fight for control. Both guys landing punches to the legs. Holland with punches to the body while Stewart continues to target the legs. They break on their own with 90 seconds left. Holland with a nice punch combo. Stewart catches a kick and attempts a takedown. Holland defends it by taking the neck. Ref warning them to work as they clinch on the cage. Holland with a 53-37 advantage in significant strikes landed. They break on their own with 10 seconds left. 10-9 Holland but close

Stewart warned for extending his fingers early in round 2. Holland lands a hard leg kick. Stewart throws hiim down 45 seconds in. Stewart to his feet but Holland stays on his back. Stewart landing kicks and punches to the legs of Holland. Holland landing leg kicks from his back. Ref breaks it up and forces Holland to stand. Holland landing a lot of leg kicks in the first half of the round. Holland backs up Stewart with a punch combo and just misses a flying knee. Holland landing jabs from distance. Stewart answering back with his own jabs. Holland with a 30-14 advantage in total strikes landed in round 2. Holland with a takedown attempt but Stewart grabs his neck with a guillotine attempt. Stewart gives it up but lands a couple hard punches to the head. Both guys trading hard punches with just over a minute left. Holland with a nice kick combo. Stewart targeting the knee with kicks in the last minute. Holland fakes a takedown attempt and lands some punches with 15 seconds left. Clinch on the cage and Holland lands a knee to the body. Stewart gets a takedown at the buzzer. 10-9 Holland, 20-18 overall

Stewart catches a kick and gets a takedown 45 seconds in but Holland gets right up. Stewart maintains clinch control and takes him down again at 1:00. Again, Holland right up but Stewart controls the back standing. Ref warns them to work and Stewart takes him down again. Holland right to his feet but Stewart controlling the clinch on the cage. Holland takes control and landing punches to the thigh. Both guys trading body shots from the clinch. Ref warns them to work at 2:15. Holland with punches to the thigh and foot stomps. They separate on their own at 2:30. Holland stuffed on a takedown attempt and they end up back in the cage clinch. Stewart takes control and lands a nice elbow to the head. Ref warns them to work as Holland takes over control. Stewart takes control and gets another takedown with 90 seconds left. Stewart with punches to the body and elbows to the head. Stewart landing hard punches and the ref warning Holland to fight back. Holland throws some elbows from his back and starting to trash talk, which sees Stewart land more elbows and punches from the top with 30 seconds left. Stewart now the one trash talking. Stewart clearly winning this round and the first two were close so could go either way. 10-9 Stewart, 29-28 Holland overall

Official result - Kevin Holland (19-5) by split decision (29-28 x 2; 28-29)

> Mackenzie Dern (#15, 8-1, 3-1 UFC) vs. Randa Markos (10-8-1, 6-7-1 UFC)
Women's Strawweights

Nice punch exchange to open the fight. Dern slips after throwing a kick. Markos goes into her guard and Dern throws up a triangle. Markos defending it but Dern lands elbows to the head while transitioningn to the armbar. Markos escapes the armbar but still in danger of the triangle inside her closed guard. Markos with punches to the body but they don't move Dern off the submission. Dern reverses into top position. and quickly moves into mount. Markos quickly works her back to guard but Dern working for a head and arm choke. Dern with elbows to the head as she continues to work for the sub. Derm secures the armbar and looks like she's going to rip it off. Markos is desparately fighting while Dern's leg is against her neck. Derm switches position and Markos quickly taps. 

Official result - Mackenzie Dern (9-1) by submission (armbar) at 3:44

> Johnny Walker (#11, 17-5, 3-2 UFC) vs. Ryan Spann (#12, 18-5, 4-0 UFC)
Light Heavyweights

Walker opens with a hard leg kick. Spann gets a takedown. Walker right up without taking damage. Spann controlling a cage clinch. Walker reverses position. Ref warns them to work at 1:15. Spann is able to get control back. Spann with knees to the legs. They break on their own at 1:45. Spann drops Walker with a punch and all over him on the ground. Spann into mount and landing punches but Walker reverses and ends up on top. Both guys up but Spann drops him again. Walker right up. Spann working for a takedown but Walker hammering him with punches to the head on the way down. Walker with brutal elbows to the side of the head and the ref stops it. 

Official result - Johnny Walker (18-5) by KO (elbow) at 2:43

> Khamzat Chimaev (8-0, 2-0 UFC) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (30-13, 6-5 UFC)
Middleweights

Chimaev KO's Meerschaert with the first punch he throws.

Official result - Khamzat Chimaev (9-0) by KO (punch) in 17 seconds

This was his third win in 65 days, the fastest to 3 UFC wins since the days of one night tournaments. And he already had his fourth fight, against Demian Maia, booked prior to stepping into the Octagon here. And it would not be the least bit surprising to see him in there again before that. He's finished every single one of his pro wins with 6 coming by KO. 

> Donald Cerrone (#14 LW, 36-15 1 NC, 23-12 UFC) vs. Niko Price (14-4 1 NC, 6-4 1 NC UFC)
Welterweights

Both guys trade hard leg kicks early. Price throwing head kicks and punches to the head. Price backs up Cerrone with punches and landing elbows from inside as well. Price just relentless with his attack. Cerrone weathering it well but won't be able to for long. Price with hard elbows from inside. Cerrone lands some knees to the body. Cerrone with a couple weak takedown attempts just to throw Price off but he's not biting. They clinch on the cage with Price in control. Pride with a 33-8 advantage in significant strikes landed through 2 minutes, which is an insane pace for Price. They break on their own and Cerrone lands a nice head kick. Cerrone with a punch combo. Cerrone gets poked in the eye which gives him a much needed break but he won't take it. Great punch exchange at 3:15. Cerrone bleeding froma  cut under his eye which might be where he was poked. They trade hard leg kicks. Cerrone starting to duck away from some of hte punches now. Cerrone lands a nice head kick with 45 seconds left. Cerrone gets poked in the eye again with 30 seconds left. Price gets docked a point for that one. Price with a nice punch combo on the restart. Cerrone with a hard leg kick. 9-9 with the point deduction. 

Price advancing to start round 2. Price throwing a lot of kicks to the legs and body. Ref warning Price for stretching out his fingers. Price rocks Cerrone with a hard punch to the body. Cerrone connects with a nice uppercut. Cerrone finding the range with his jab. Cerrone with a body punch, followed by a head punch combo. Price continuing to land kicks. More body punches by Cerrone. Cerrone also landing his jab. Total strikes are 85-57 for Price so it's almost even after that initial flurry from Price. Nice body kick from Cerrone. Cerrone with a jab and then a hard elbow to the head. Price with swelling under his left eye from that. Cerrone with more punches to the body. Spin kick to the body from Cerrone. Price answers with his own body kick. Very close, 10-9 Price, 19-18 after 2

Significant strike count is 96-73 for Price going into round 3. Round 2 was 44-39 for Price. Cerrone nearly scores a takedown 45 seconds in but Price defends well. Price with a punch combo. Punch/kick combo from Cerrone. Price with kicks to the lead leg and body. Cerrone answers with a hard kick to the thigh. Both guys poke each other in the eye at the same time. They both agree to keep fighting with no break. Cerrone gets a takedown at 2:15. Price up without any damage but Cerrone controlling his back. Cerrone actually on his back. Price throwing punches behind his head to try and punch im off and he does it. Cerrone on his back throwing upkicks but Price backs off, letting him up. Cerrone back to landing jobs and then a nice body punch combo. Cerrone backs up Price with a punch combo. Price looks like he's starting to get tired and pushes Cerrone against the cage. Cerrone takes control of the clinch and then lands a high kick. Cerrone ducks out of a haymaker attempt from Price, who is definitely reeling. Total strikes now 138-96 for Price. Great punch exchange with 15 seconds left. Price with a takedown attempt but Cerrone pushes him off and lands kicks and punches as the fight ends. 10-9 Cerrone, 28-28 overall

Official result - majority draw (29-27 Cerrone; 28-28 x 2)

> Colby Covington (#2, 15-2, 10-2 UFC) vs. Tyron Woodley (#5, 19-5-1, 9-4-1 UFC)
Welterweights

ESPN+ did not show Woodley's walkout but did show Covington's. Interesting. Woodley offered to touch gloves and Covington declined. Both guys keeping their distance early. They trade leg kicks. Covington gets a takedown 40 seconds in. Woodley tying him up with a body lock from the bottom. Covington mixing in punches to the body and head. Woodley gets to his feet at 1:30. Covington remains in control of the clinch. Woodley breaks free at 2:00. Covington throwing kicks from distance. Woodley throwing punches that aren't landing. Covington lands a nice body kick. Covington with a punch combo and then clinches on the cage with 90 seconds left. They trade knees to the body from the clinch. They separate with 45 seconds left after Covington lands a couple elbows to the head. Covington clinches again with 20 seconds left. They break quickly. 10-9 Covington

Total strikes landed after 1 round are 37-13 for Covington. Covington opens with a punch combo and then a kick to the body. Woodley backs him up with a punch to the head. Woodley with a hard leg kick. Covington partially landed a flying knee and then clinches on the cage. Covington with punches to the body. Ref warns them to work. They separate on their own 90 seconds in. Woodley gets a takedown at the 2 minute mark. Covington right up but Woodley grabs his neck in a guillotine position but not even close to finishing it and gives that up right awya. Covington in control of the cage clinch midway through the round. They separate on their own again. Covington with a punch combo. Woodley clinches up but Covington takes control and pushes him to the cage. Woodley breaks free quickly. Woodley complaining about a low blow but the ref doesn't think so and makes them keep fighting. Covington backs him up with a body kick. Rd 2 total strikes are 29-14 for Covington with 30 seconds left. Covington with a hard right but Woodley answers back wtih a punch combo. Closer round but still 10-9 Covington and 20-18 overall

Woodley connects with a punch combo 10 seconds in. Woodley gets poked in the eye. Woodley takes a few minutes to recover but comes out punching. Covington got a change to recover too and he's a little more active than he was in the latter half of the seconds. Covington landing a lot of leg kicks. Nice punch exchange with both guys landing hard 1 minute in. Covington goes to the cage clinch. Covington with punches to the body from the clinch. Woodley with some knees to the body. Ref warns them to work. Woodley takes control briefly but Covington back in front with 2:15 left. Knees to the legs from Covington. Clinch strikes are 60-28 for Covington. They separate with 15 seconds left. Covington with punches to the body right before the buzzer. Clear 10-9 Covington and 30-27 overall

Covington lands a nice head kick to open the 4th. Woodley landing kicks to the body and legs. Total strikes are 123-51 for Covington going into the 4th. Covington clinches again on the cage 45 seconds in. Woodley with a weak guillotine attempt to defend the takedown but he gives it up quickly again. Covington with a takedown 90 seconds in. Covington landing punches to the head as he tries to move into position for a submission. Woodley attempting to tie him up with a body lock. More punches to the body and head from Covington. Woodley bleeding heavily from a cut around his right eye caused by an elbow from Covington. More elbows to the head and punches to the body from Covington. Covington consistent with his punches, just not stopping. Nothing terribly hard but the punches just coming constantly and he's landing over 75% of what he throws. Woodley does have the body lock but Covington continuing to land anyway. 10-8 Covington, 40-35 overall

Woodley's corner rightfully tells him the only way he can win is with a finish. Covington controlling the pace to start the final round and goes to the cage clinch 45 seconds in. Woodley pulls guard with a guillotine attempt. Woodley taps with Covington still in the choke as it appeared he had some kind of injury. 

Official result - Colby Covington (16-2) by submission (verbal tap) at 1:19 of the 5th round

It was announced as a TKO win but Woodley verbally screamed out that his ribs were hurt and that's when the ref stopped it so it should be a submission. Covington predictably called out Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal in the cage. 

In his post-fight interview with Jon Anik, he cut a promo for Donald Trump, winning the election over Joe Biden. He dedicated the fight to the the first responders. He called Lebron James a "woke athlete" and then said he was coming for "Marrty Fake Newsman" and "Street Judas" next. Anik tried to interrupt him, to no avail.