After years of social media chatting, a battle between two former gym partners will finally take place at UFC 272. Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal will face off inside the Octagon, headlining the Octagon. the event.
The announcement was made by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, who received a note from Hunter Campbell, UFC Legal Director. UFC 272 takes place on March 5 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
It will be the first untitled major PPV fight since 2015 without Conor McGregor or Nate Diaz. Masvidal and Diaz fought inside Madison Square Garden in 2019, for the BMF Championship, but the fight was settled on the main event without the title at one point.
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A true veteran, Masvidal (35-15, 16 KOs) made his MMA debut in 2003. Competing for promotions such as AFC, Strikeforce, Bellator and World Victory Road, “Gamebred” made his UFC debut in 2013. He is 12 years old. 8 for promotion, with one of his wins over Ben Askren that earned him the fastest knockout in UFC history.
Two-time Pac-10 and All-American wrestling champion Covington (16-3, 4 KOs) made his professional debut in 2012. Joining the UFC in 2014, Covington enjoyed a seven-game winning streak starting in 2016 that changed his career. Making his debut with a character many know him yet, Covington defeated Rafael dos Anjos for the interim UFC welterweight title.
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Both fighters are former title contenders. Covington fought Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight titles at UFC 245 and UFC 268. In the first fight, Usman appeared to have broken Covington’s jaw. Usman ended the fight via TKO in round 5. In November, Usman and Covington went the distance, with Usman winning by unanimous decision. Masvidal agreed to a fight against Usman on less than two weeks’ notice at UFC 251 in 2020. The former would lose by unanimous decision. He would be eliminated in the rematch at UFC 261 in April.
Covington and Usman were American Top Team mates, but have since called each other since Covington left for the MMA Masters. The two were linked to Trainer The Ultimate Fighter at one point, but nothing came of it.
Following the announcement of the fight, Ariel Helwani reports that the fights for the UFC featherweight and bantamweight titles will now take place at UFC 273. Alexander Volkanovski is expected to fight Chan Sung Jung for the featherweight title, while Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan will fight to determine the undisputed bantamweight champion.