Mark September 19 on your calendar because UFC Fight Night will feature two former champions who train together. Two former teammates of American Top Team Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley headline this Saturday night’s card in welterweight action at the APEX in Las Vegas. As one of the top rivalries in MMA takes their personal issues center stage, this is an event that could end the drama and settle long stemming issues between the two. Whether people highlight the animosity between them during training or their political differences, or even race, or the fact that they just never saw eye to eye, UFC President Dana White shouldn’t seem to mind. As long as he has a rivalry for the main event bout, he’s happy.
Covington (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and Woodley (19-5-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) will settle their score once and for all where the fight will end the long dispute between the two. If one were to make a prediction of this battle, they would have to make one solely based on the matchup that they have with one another through their skillset. Both are talented wrestlers, but Woodley holds the edge on the ground with a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. The former Strikeforce welterweight contender holds five knockouts in the Octagon and looks to tie Covington with 10 wins inside there with a victory over him this weekend.
The co-main event includes another welterweight matchup when all-time winningest UFC fighter Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (36-15-0, 1 NC, 23-10 UFC) goes head to head against high-level Jiu-Jitsu ace Niko Price (14-4-0, 1 NC MMA, 6-4-0, 1 NC UFC). Cerrone looks to stop a four-fight skid to reach win #24 against a man entering his 20th career fight, who looks to avenge a loss to Vicente Luque after suffering an eye injury at UFC 249 back in May. Cerrone lost to Anthony Pettis on that card in his last fight.
Also, Swedish resident and Russian-born Khazmat Chimaev (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) goes head to head against American Gerald Meerschaert (31-13 MMA, 6-5 UFC). The 26-year old Chechnya native looks to make it three straight UFC wins against the 44-bout MMA veteran in a middleweight duel, who’s coming off of a loss to Ian Heinisch at UFC 250. In a light-heavyweight matchup, Johnny Walker (17-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) looks to get back on the winning end when he faces off against Ryan “Superman” Spann (18-5 MMA, 5-0 UFC) who has won eight straight fights, five inside the Octagon.
In women’s strawweight action, Jiu-Jitsu superstar and Black House MMA product MacKenzie Dern (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) goes to war against Montreal native and TriStar fighter Randa Markos (10-8-1 MMA, 6-7-1 UFC) as the Canadian looks to get her UFC record back at the .500 mark again. In another middleweight fight, Kevin Holland (18-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) faces off against England’s own Darren “The Dentist” Stewart (12-5 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC).
UFC Fight Night is this Saturday night on ESPN+ at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT with the preliminary card at 5 PM ET/2 PM PT.