Kamaru Usman retained his welterweight title following a ding-dong battle with Colby Covington at UFC 245 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The high-profile main event was even going into the final round before the champion floored Covington twice before referee Marc Goddard stepped in with just 50 seconds of the fight remaining.
Following the fight, Covington had some harsh words for the English referee who he felt robbed the fans of a fair fight.
Normally people do their fucking in the bedroom, not the octagon @marcgoddard_uk! I go in there to kill or be killed. You robbed me of that. You robbed the people of a fair fight. You should be ashamed of yourself. Fake nut shot. Fake eye poke. Fake stoppage. Fake ref. #ufc245
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) December 15, 2019
While Dana White agreed with Covington on one of his complaints, in the aftermath of the fight, the UFC President felt that the stoppage was the correct call.
“Positively a good stoppage, yeah,” White told members of the media.
“Fake eye poke? Apparently, he didn’t watch the replay. Nut shot? He’s right there. That was on the belt.”
Elsewhere, Alexander Volkanovski shocked the world when he stripped Max Holloway of his featherweight title following a unanimous decision victory while Amanda Nunes picked up a unanimous decision win over Germaine de Randamie to retain her bantamweight title.
Holloway came into the fight widely regarded as the greatest featherweight of all-time having acquired a number of records in the division including most wins, most finishes, most knockouts and the longest winning streak. However, he was put to the sword by the Australian who becomes the first fighter born in the country to be crowned UFC champion.
The other high profile fight on the card saw long-time pound-for-pound king, José Aldo dropped down to bantamweight to take on former title challenger Marlon Moraes, however, it was to be a night to forget for the former featherweight champion as he dropped a split decision result to his fellow Brazilian.
UFC Hall of Famer, Urijah Faber was also in action, however, the California Kid suffered a third-round TKO loss to Petr Yan.