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Kamaru Usman v Colby Covington completes trio of title fights at UFC 245

The welterweight title will be on the line when the two fierce rivals clash in a long-awaited straightener, joining Max Holloway v Alexander Volkanovski and Amanda Nunes v Germaine de Randamie on a jam-packed fight card.

Christmas will come early for MMA fans this year as UFC 245 lands exclusively live on BT Sport in December featuring three monster world title fights.

Having bested former welterweight supremo Tyron Woodley to claim the 170lb belt back in March, Kamaru Usman will make the first defence of his championship against long-time antagonist, Colby Covington.

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Former interim champion Covington has made it his business to rile his welterweight rivals in recent months, engaging in a particularly ugly war of words with the reigning champion that has enraged a fired-up Usman.

The pair even came to blows during a scuffle at a casino less than 24 hours after Usman’s title fight win over Woodley at UFC 235.

Thankfully, the pair will now be afforded a chance to settle their differences in the Octagon after months of protracted negotiations came to a close with last week’s long-awaited confirmation.

Usman has won 14 straight fights heading into UFC 245 - including wins over Leon Edwards, Demian Maia and Tyron Woodley – while Covington is also riding a hot streak in the division with seven straight victories.

The evening’s second title fight sees featherweight king Max Holloway at his native 145lb once again following an unsuccessful attempt at the 155lb interim belt in defeat to Dustin Poirier earlier this year.

A firm fan favourite, Holloway bounced back from a narrow points loss against Poirier with a convincing five-round win over Frankie Edgar in July and will make his fourth defence of the featherweight title against Aussie surprise package Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 245.

Former Rugby League star Volkanovski has not lost since 2013, racking up wins over the likes of Darren Elkins, Chad Mendes and Jose Aldo on his way to a title shot and will be looking to cause an almighty upset to claim UFC gold on his maiden attempt.

And rounding off the championship action at the T-Mobile Arena, pound-for-pound contender Amanda Nunes defends her bantamweight championship in a rematch versus former featherweight queen Germaine de Randamie.

Nunes was recently hailed as “the best female fighter of all time” by the promotion’s head honcho Dana White and boasts arguably one of the most impressive resumes in the sport.

Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko and Cris Cyborg are just a few of those who have fallen victim to the Brazilian superstar’s concussive power.

De Randamie will also be only too aware of Nunes’ ability having fallen victim to the 31-year-old in a first round knockout back in 2013.

But the Dutch kickboxing star will be hell-bent on revenge at UFC 245 seeking a win that would see her become a two-division UFC champion.

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