UFC 272 slated for huge headline fight between Covington and Masvidal
A headline fight between welterweights Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal will be taking place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night. This is far and away the biggest fight so far of 2022, and the intrigue between the two fighters makes it all the more interesting.
Anyone who knows about this matchup knows that Covington and Masvidal are former buddies and roommates whose relationship has now deteriorated to the point where they’re going to face each other in the Octagon and neither will be pulling any punches.
The thing that makes this fight so intriguing is the fact that it is the literal definition of a grudge match. These are two men who both feel that they have a loose end to settle in this fight. They’ve known each other well for over 10 years now, but the past few years, it hasn’t exactly been a friendship.
Personal disagreements and tensions caused a falling out and since that point, they’ve been going after each other in the media and will finally be settling this score on Saturday night on the biggest stage possible.
They even had to be separated from one another by security at a UFC event back in 2019. Say what you want about the two fighters, but they definitely know how to promote an event.
Masvidal is coming in as more of the veteran, as he is both three years older than Covington and has a more extensive record by a lot. They both made weight for the fight on Friday morning at 170.5 pounds each.
Masvidal is 37 years old and has been fighting as a mixed martial artist since 2003. His lifetime record is 50 total fights, going 35-15 with 16 wins by knockout, 2 by submission and 17 by decision. 11 of his 15 losses have come by decision, so Masvidal is not a fighter who’ll back down.
Covington just recently turned 34 years old and is a lifetime 16-3, with 4 wins by knockout, 4 by submission and 8 by decision. The fact that Covington has fought less than half as many fights as Masvidal yet has twice as many wins by submission is telling of the ferocity that he brings to the ring.
Covington was practically trained by Masvidal and these two fighters both know each other so well that they may have to bring a different tactic to the octagon on Saturday night.
ESPN ranks Covington as the No. 4 fighter in the world at welterweight and Masvidal No. 10. Covington comes in having won 8 of his past 10 fights but two of the last three and Masvidal has dropped back to back. Ironically, both fighters’ most recent losses came against the same man: Kamaru Usman.
Being the younger fighter with more time left in his career, it’s hard not to feel like the pressure weighs less heavily on Covington. He knows that a loss for Masvidal could very well spell the end of his rivals career, and given how these two have been going after each other in the media, that may very well be Covington’s objective.
This fight feels like one for the ages. This isn’t about money, titles or fame, but rather two men settling a score in the octagon.
On the betting line, Covington is coming in as the clear favorite at -330 while Masvidal’s line is +255. This heavy advantage may actually work to Masvidal’s favor as it’s never a bad thing to know you’re being considered the underdog. Both men have a chip on their shoulder, but Masvidal’s chip is much clearer.
Masvidal is going to put up a very good fight, but consider this one a win for Covington by decision. It’s hard to deny the numbers and they just don’t work in Masvidal’s favor going into this one.
The over/under for rounds is 4.5, so if you’re betting, hammer the over. This one is going at least five and neither man is gonna lose by submission. It’ll take an early knockout for this not to go the distance.