Colby Covington put in the best performance of the night so far, leaving the fight out of the judges’ hands after two odd decisions at UFC Fight Night 48. Covington was able to land the body shot on the feet, before getting two takedowns; and that combination was too much for Anying to handle.
The grappling advantage and power difference was evident after a huge slam by Covington, who was then able to advance his position and softening up Anying by controlling his arm with the cross wrist position.
However it was with the second takedown that Covington showed his dominance, landing some brutal elbows, opening up a huge cut on Anying and continuing to keep active before Leon Roberts was forced to stop the bout due to Anying tapping out.
Covington remains unbeaten at 6-0, while Anying is now 2-1 as a professional (2-2 according to UFC officials). Check out how the fight played out below.
Anying was victorious in his UFC debut and is 2-0, both via first round doctor’s stoppage. Covington trains out of ATT, is 5-0 and has finished three of his opponents via submission. Covington is a -450 favourite for this contest.
Round 1 - Both fighters with a lot of movement. Body kick by Covington, who then slams Anying to the ground and has side control immediately. Short shots from the Florida native. Anying recovers half guard, Covington staying active with ground and pound. He may be working on a choke. Anying giving up the neck. Nope. He postures up and lands a big shot. Full guard now. Covington sticking on him. Covington trapping the arm and landing some short shots. The cross wrist position for Covington. Big shots and Anying unable to defend. He’s unloading. Anying gives up the back now. Short shots once again from the American, who gets one hook in. 2 minutes left in the first. Anying works his way to his feet and avoids the single leg attempt from Covington. Good job by Wang. Kick attempt is checked by Covington, who gets in the body kick of his own and gets another takedown, not quite so powerful and this time into half guard. Now he jumps over to the over side, into side control. Huge elbow! Short elbows now, and Anying is on his left eye. That’s a bad one. More elbows. 20 seconds left. This might not go on much longer. HUGE RIGHT! Hammerfists! And that is it! Wow what a performance.
Result: Covington via submission (strikes) at 4:50 in first round.
That’s about as good of a debut as I have seen. Pure dominance from Covington, who made Anying look like he’s a couple of weight classes below.
You can see the play-by-play for the full event here on Cage Pages. The results, as they stand, can be seen below.
Colby Covington def. Wang Anying via submission (strikes) at 4:50 in first round.
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