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What must Colby Covington do to beat Tyron Woodley at UFC Vegas 11?

A matchup nearly three years in the making finally comes together when bitter rivals Colby Covington (15-2) and Tyron Woodley (19-5-1) meet in the octagon this Saturday, Sept. 19, at the UFC Apex.

Had this fight happened when it originally should have, these two would be fighting for a world title, instead, these top welterweights will look to settle the beef and get back into the win column at UFC Vegas 11.

Covington, the No. 2 ranked welterweight, will look to rebound from the fifth round TKO loss he suffered to champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 245 in what was an epic title fight. Woodley, the former champion and now No. 5 ranked welterweight, aims to get back into title contention after losing the title to Usman and Gilbert Burns in consecutive one-sided unanimous decision losses.

With a dislike that may be unmatched among rivals, this bad blood welterweight headliner should be fireworks Saturday night.

Here are the five keys for Colby Covington to be victorious1. Impose pressure

In nearly all of Woodley’s losses, the common theme for his opponent’s triumph was imposing pressure. Unfortunately for Woodley, Covington has a perfect style and cardio to implement this game plan. Look for Covington to pressure Woodley into having his back up against the cage fence for most of the fight and mixing in strikes while initiating clinches and takedown shots to wear on the cardio and confidence of Woodley. Covington will need to make a point of controlling Woodley’s explosiveness and control the blitz attacks by not following or chasing him but instead cutting the octagon off with his aggressive pressure and calculated angles.

2. Overwhelm Woodley with strikes

A lot like he did in the Robbie Lawler fight, where he set a UFC record for the most strikes thrown, Covington should look to do the same against Woodley. Covington has one of the best gas tanks in the game and must utilize it to overwhelm Woodley, just like Usman and Burns previously did. Follow the blueprint. Woodley has shown to be timid in his recent octagon appearances, Covington can capitalize on that by throwing high volume while maintaining constant pressure. Don’t let Woodley get comfortable or in a rhythm, bring the fight to him.

3. Mix strikes with grappling

Just as Covington did in his pummeling of Lawler, he needs to utilize a fine mix of striking and grappling in his bout with Woodley. He did an incredible job of throwing a plethora of punches to get Lawler’s hands high to defend the strikes and then he’d change levels and shoot a takedown. That will be key in Covington taking this fight where he wants it. Even if the first takedown shot doesn’t work at it, keep at it, show different looks, and chain wrestle until the fight hits the mat. While Covington has been striking heavy as of late, there is no doubt he wants this fight on the ground as he averages 4.91 takedowns on average per 15 minutes of fight time.

4. Throw with caution

Covington will be looking to be throwing a lot of volume consisting of three or four-punch combos, and that’s smart to do, but he must stay aware and respect the power Woodley can dish out with that power right hand of his. Covington should throw to inflict damage but cannot throw carelessly without caution of what might be countered and thrown back in return. Avoid that right hand.

5. Push the pace early

Covington’s cardio is superior to just about anybody’s in the fight game and he should take full advantage of that by pushing the pace early. Covington can do this by ruthless pressure, an abundance of strikes, and utilizing his full arsenal of martial arts. Woodley hasn’t won a round, let alone looked like himself, in the last 10 he competed in and Covington should look to keep it that way by not allowing his opponent to settle in early. Plus, with having the better conditioning this will pay dividends to Covington in the later rounds to possibly breakdown Woodley and pick up a finish.

Next: UFC Vegas 11: Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley fight card UFC Vegas 11 takes place on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, live from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.


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New York Giants Vs Chicago Bears: 3 keys to victory

New York Giants Vs Chicago Bears: 3 keys to victory

  • By: Alexander Wilson
  • September 20, 2020

Starting off the 2020 season against the Pittsburgh Steelers was tumultuous for the New York Giants, but the Chicago Bears represent a lesser opponent. While they do have a respectable defense, their offense has been inconsistent the past few seasons with Mitchell Trubisky at quarterback.

Head coach Joe Judge stated that the improvement from week one to week two is oftentimes significant, and the Giants will be looking to elevate their game.

Three keys for a New York Giants victory against Chicago: 1.) Contain Khalil Mack

If there’s one thing the Giants desperately need to do again Chicago, it is stop Khalil Mack from getting to Daniel Jones. One of the best pass rushers in the NFL and over the last decade, Mack has the ability to wreak havoc in the pocket.

However, he had an injury designation on his knee all week, so he could be limited to some degree. Wherever he lines up, the Giants must provide help, especially if it’s over rookie left tackle Andrew Thomas. Last week against Pittsburgh, the offensive line faltered in most categories. They only gave Saquon Barkley enough running room to total six yards and put Daniel Jones under pressure 26 times, which led the NFL.

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2.) Run blocking must improve

One major factor the Giants must improve upon is their run blocking. It seemed as if they had schematic issues, failing to block Steelers defenders and miscommunications.

Center Nick Gates did a poor job of communicating with his fellow lineman, which caused issues at the line of scrimmage. Right tackle Cam Fleming was beaten consistently on running plays, and they simply weren’t on the same page for a majority of the game. There were several instances where right guard Kevin Zeitler simply couldn’t get over to the left side on a swing play to stop Bud Dupree.

It seemed as if the Giants were not prepared for the Steelers’ speed on defense and ability to close in on the backfield quickly. They have one of the better defensive fronts in the NFL, so the Giants should be heading into an easier week two match up with essential experience under their belt. Nonetheless, if they wish to overcome the Chicago Bears, getting Saquon Barkley going and burning time off the clock is essential.

3.) Put pressure on Mitchell Trubsiky

The Bears elected to go with Trubisky this season over Nick Foles. In week one, the Bears lead an awesome come-back that secured them a victory over the Detroit Lions. Trubisky picked up his game and tossed multiple second-half touchdowns.

The secondary must be capable on Sunday, as the Bears have multiple wide receivers who can do damage in the open field. We can predict that James Bradberry will shadow Allen Robinson wherever he goes. Bradberry had a fantastic week one performance, forcing a fumble and containing his side completely (5 solo tackles, 2 passes defended). Shadowing Robinson is a necessity if the Giants wish to walk away without being thrashed in the secondary.

However, the easy way to disrupt Mitch is to put him on the ground. The Giants ranked 8th in pass-rush win rate against the Steelers, which was a major improvement from their 2019 results.

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