Covington finally pulled free with two minutes left, and they reset in the center. Dos Anjos continued to defend well against the cage, earning himself escapes and using his brief moments of freedom to fire punches to the head and body, but Covington always pushed back inside, keeping his opponent in constant defense. Both men land hard shots. Covington sprinted forward to start the third, exchanging right hands before diving into a clinch and continuing his relentless grind. Jackson with a straight left, and a body shot. Whittaker fends off the attack, and appears to have his bearings back midway through the round — with both fighters appearing gassed.
Jackson separates and Punk looks for a takedown. He charges in and Whittaker avoids. Covington wades back in with punches when they briefly separate. Tuivasa is bleeding, they may have clashed heads when they went to the floor. Front kick from Romero, and a shovel hook. In addition, please read our , which has also been updated and became effective May 23rd, 2018. Still, he pressed dos Anjos to the fence and landed a few short shots inside before they broke away.
They trade shots in the middle. Tuivasa drops Arlovski with a punch! At the bell, Covington celebrated, while dos Anjos looked a little frustrated, and the judges were tasked with calling a winner. Referee Dan Miragliotta gives the instructions, and we are underway. Andrei clinches nad looks for a takedown. Jackson lands a hard shot that stuns Punk. Head kick from Tuivasa and he slips. Holm looks for another takedown and they end up against the cage.
Much of this bout was spent in the clinch — where Covington outlanded Dos Anjos 81-57. Covington spins and misses while Dos Anjos lands a leg kick. Punk with a leg kick. Tuivasa throws a kick and Arlovski bodies him. Covington with a brief takedown. Holm with a body kick. She goes to mount and lands two hard shots.
Inside leg kick from Arlovski. This is my moment, and nobody can say anything about it. Tuivasa ends up on top, right into full mount. Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as goes down in Chicago. The dos Anjos uppercut remained his best weapon, though with every strike he threw, it was evident that on the feet, he was clearly the more dangerous fighter.
Nice step-in straight left from Arlovski. Fast standing elbow from Romero. Spinning back fist from Arlvovski slaps Tuivasa. Covington with a superman punch. Whittaker trying to hold on.
Covington powers to his feet. To find out more or to opt-out, please read our. Round 2 - Front kick to the belly from Andrei. Plus, it's a grudge match at 170 pounds, as Kamaru Usman gets his long-awaited shot at welterweight king Tyron Woodley. Romero follows-up, but not quite with the same verve as in round 3.
He land a right that stuns Arlovski. Side kick to the knee. Romero with a hard straight left. Holly eventually ends up on top and lands an elbow. Elbow scores for Whittaker as Romero tries to grab him.
Rafael Dos Anjos 28-10 by unanimous decision. He awkwardly gets back up. They clinch against the cage. So that means I have it 48-46 Romero. The Brazilian took a look at the clock with 90 seconds left, and Covington actually landed a few crisp shots of his own on the feet. Round 4 - Whittaker steps in with a straight right.
Inside leg kick from Tuivasa. Knee to the belly from Arlovski. Punk gets a takedown with 40 seconds to go. But the 25-year-old Australian answered a number of questions by outpointing the battle-tested veteran in a tight contest. . Another dos Anjos takedown attempt followed, but Covington defended well, landing another clean left hand as they broke apart briefly.