UFC 272 Preview: Jorge Masvidal – Colby Covington

Nov 2, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Jorge Masvidal (red gloves) reacts during his fight against Nate Diaz (blue gloves) during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight in the main event of UFC 272, we are going to see one of the biggest grudge matches in the promotion’s history. Former best friends turned bitter rivals will battle it out as Jorge Masvidal (35-15) takes on Colby Covington (16-3).

Both of these men have a deep past together and they both are two of the best welterweights in the UFC. These two used to corner each other for every fight and they used to be roommates. Colby Covington said the two men were like brothers.

However, that friendship has since soured and now we will see the culmination at UFC 272. Jorge Masvidal is fighting for the first time since last April when he was knocked out by Kamaru Usman. It was Masvidal’s second straight loss to Usman.

Covington is in a similar position. The last time we saw Covington was at UFC 268 when he lost a close decision to Usman. Like Masvidal, this was Covington’s second loss to the current welterweight champion.

This fight means so much to both men not just from a personal standpoint, but from a divisional standpoint. A lot is riding on this fight at UFC 272.

UFC 272 Prediction

I truly believe that Colby Covington would be the UFC welterweight champion if Kamaru Usman didn’t exist. If Colby fought in a different time, I think we’d be talking about him as one of the best welterweights and champions of all time.

However, that’s not the case, but I think he can show how good he is tonight. Colby’s relentless pace could really play a big factor at UFC 272. I’ll be curious to see how the pace of the fight impacts Masvidal over the course of five rounds.

Especially considering the fact that Covington is going to mix in grappling. On the feet, Masvidal definitely has an advantage. However, don’t rule out Covington’s ability to land some good shots. He will hold his own, but the bigger shots are going to belong to Masvidal.

I could see Masvidal hurting Covington on the feet. However, I don’t see him putting him away at UFC 272. In all honesty, I don’t see a scenario where Masvidal wins a decision against a guy like Colby Covington. I also don’t see either man getting a finish tonight.

With that in mind, I think we are going to see “Chaos” get the victory at UFC 272.

Prediction: Colby Covington by Unanimous Decision