After years of trash-talking on social networks, a battle between two former gym partners will finally take place on UFC 272. Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal will compete against each other in the octagon and will be the main star of the whole event.
This was announced by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, who received a report from Hunter Campbell, the UFC’s chief legal officer. UFC 272 takes place on March 5 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
This will be the first big non-title PPV fight since 2015 without Conor McGregor or Nate Diaz. Masvidal and Diaz competed in the Madison Square Garden for the BMF Championship in 2019, but the fight was at one time set for a main event without a title.
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The real veteran Masvidal (35-15, 16 KO) made his MMA debut in 2003. “Gamebred” made his UFC debut in 2013. 8 for promotion, with one of his wins against Ben Askren earning him the fastest knockout in UFC history.
The two-time champion in Pac-10 wrestling and All-American Covington (16-3, 4 KO) debuted in 2012. In 2014, Covington joined the UFC and in 2016 launched a series of seven victories that changed. his career. Covington, who made his debut as a personality that many know him so far, defeated Rafael dos Anjos and won the interim UFC Welterweight title.
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Both fighters are former candidates for the title. Covington fought Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight title at UFC 245 and UFC 268. In the first match, Usman appeared to have broken Covington’s jaw. Usman ended the fight over TKO in the 5th round. In November, Usman and Covington moved on, and Usman won by unanimous decision. Masvidal accepted the match against Usman less than two weeks in advance at UFC 251 in 2020. The former would lose by unanimous decision. He would drop out in a retaliatory match at UFC 261 in April.
Covington and Usman were teammates in the American Top Team, but they have been calling each other since Covington left for the MMA Masters. Both were connected to The Ultimate Fighter at one point, but none of that came of it.
As a result of the battle announcement, This is Ariel Helwani that the UFC feather and bantam weight matches will now take place at UFC 273. Alexander Volkanovski is reportedly ready to fight for the feather weight title with Chan Sung Jung, while Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan will fight to determine the undisputed bantam weight champion .