Masvidal-Covington to headline UFC 272

The former friends and current rivals will settle their differences on March 5 in Las Vegas in the UFC 272 main event.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto reported Tuesday that Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal will collide with former roomate, friend and teammate, Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington, in a welterweight grudge match that’ll serve as the UFC 272 headliner.

The five-round, non-title main event is set for March 5 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

FanDuel opened Covington (16-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) as a -190 favorite Tuesday afternoon. Less than 90 minutes later, the betting shop had the former interim welterweight champ as a -290 ‘chalk.’ Masvidal was a +235 underdog.

Then on Wednesday morning, Covington was up to -330, with ‘Gamebred’ at +265 on the comeback.

The 37-year-old Masvidal (35-15 MMA, 12-8 UFC) will be making his first Octagon appearance since suffering a second-round knockout loss to current welterweight champ Kamaru Usman at UFC 261. The Miami native was the 2019 Fighter of the Year after ripping off three consecutive KO wins over Darren Till, Ben Askren and Nate Diaz.

Since then, however, he’s lost twice to Usman with UFC gold on the line. The first defeat, however, came at UFC 251 by decision when ‘Gamebred’ took the fight on just nine days of notice.

Like Masvidal, Covington (16-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) has lost twice to Usman in recent years. In between those setbacks, Covington beat Tyron Woodley by fifth-round TKO in September of 2020.

Covington owns notable career scalps over the likes of Max Griffin, Bryan Barberena, Demian Maia, Rafael dos Anjos, Robbie Lawler and Woodley.

Some of Masvidal’s best victories include wins over Cowboy Cerrone, Jake Ellenberger, Ross Pearson, Diaz, Askren, Till, James Krause, Michael Chiesa, Tim Means and Joe Lauzon.

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