The welterweights take the stage next, with Colby Covington and Max Griffin mixing it up.
Griffin tried and failed to get into the TUF House and is making his Octagon debut, while Covington – a former collegiate wrestler who now reps American Top Team – has been known to make dudes tap out.
Wielding all the confidence you’d expect from someone who’s been getting paid to fight in the UFC for a while, Covington comes out throwing jumping snap-kicks and wild leather. Griffin buckles down, but after a minute has expired Covington easily transitions into a takedown. The wrestler dominates position for a bit; however, when Griffin threatens with a kimura attempt, Covington has to scramble to escape. When he does, he regains top position, and keeps it by maintaining fewer risks.
A mere 30 seconds into Round 2 and Covington again gets the takedown, and he resumes his wrestling-heavy top game with short punches interspersed throughout. After two minutes the American Top Team rep is in mount, and he drops a monstrous elbow that opens up a huge cut turns the canvas bloody. Somehow Griffin survives to the horn – probably due in part more to Covington’s inability to finish than Griffin’s ability to survive – but this thing is as one-sided as it gets.
It’s business as usual in the third, with Covington getting him down and pounding away from on top. All Griffin can do is cover up and eat it, and the referee shows mercy by stepping in.
Result: Colby Covington def. Max Griffin via TKO (Punches) at 2:18, R3