Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing mixed martial arts (MMA) fans a Christmas cracker with a Championship triple-header in Las Vegas.
In one of the most exciting fight cards of the year, UFC 245 tops the bill with the 170-pound grudge match between the reigning welterweight king, Kamaru Usman, taking on the division's No. 1 contender and bitter rival, Colby Covington.
In the five-round co-headliner, Alexander Volkanovski will battle to become just the second Australian to win a UFC world title when he fights Max Holloway for the featherweight belt.
The Shellharbour-born fighter believes he is destined to join Robert Whittaker in the hall of fame for MMA in Australia.
“I'm just so confident right now, I feel so good and I'm just so motivated,” he said. “It's unreal, I've never felt like this. Right now, the confidence is on another level.”
“I'm in the fight of my life and I'm more confident than ever. I just know – I believe it – that belt's coming home.” He continued: “It's gonna be an early Christmas present for the family.”
In the third championship bout of an action-packed line-up, double-champ Amanda “Lioness” Nunes defends her 135-pound bantamweight title against the undefeated former kickboxer Germaine de Randamie.
Completing the ESPN+ PPV Main Card, former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight champion Urijah Faber fights Russian Petr “No Mercy” Yan, before ex-featherweight champion Jose Aldo tests his skills at bantamweight against division standout Marlon Moraes.
With a total of 12 explosive fights scheduled, UFC 245 is set to close out 2019 with a bang.
Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington
Max Holloway vs. Alexander Volkanovski
Amanda Nunes vs. Germaine de Randamie
Jose Aldo vs. Marlon Moraes
Urijah Faber vs. Petr Yan
Matt Brown vs. Ben Saunders
Irene Aldana vs. Ketlen Vieira
Mike Perry vs. Geoff Neal
Omari Akhmedov vs. Ian Heinisch
Chase Hooper vs. Daniel Teymur
Kai Kara-France vs. Brandon Moreno
Jessica Eye vs. Viviane Araujo
Oskar Piechota vs. Punahele Soriano
The UFC 245 will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States on Sunday, 15th December. Preliminaries start at 11.00 AM (AEST) and you can tune in via Pay-per-view (PPV), ESPN and FIGHT PASS.