Will the UFC book Dustin Poirier – Colby Covington in July?

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Back at UFC 272, Colby Covington (17-3) dominated Jorge Masvidal over the course of five rounds and won an extremely lopsided decision. After the fight was over, “Chaos” took to the microphone and there was one man that he wanted to face next.

That man is former interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier (28-7, 1 NC). Covington used to train at American Top Team along with Masvidal and Poirier. However, after a nasty split from the team, things have become personal between Covington and his former teammates.

None more personal than Masvidal, but there has been some heat with Poirier. Poirier has said in the past that he wouldn’t take a fight with Covington because he doesn’t want Covington making a single dime off the sacrifices that Poirier has made in his career.

However, Dustin Poirier wants a fight. He’s been asking the UFC for a fight and he told Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour that he UFC just offered him a fight for July. The fight they offered him was for July 30th and it was a matchup against Colby Covington.

Will the UFC book the fight?

Poirier did tell Helwani that the fight against Covington is not his first choice. His first choice would be a fight with Nate Diaz which is also the fight that Diaz wants. However, Diaz and the UFC are at a standstill in terms of their contract negotiations.

Diaz has one fight left on his current deal with the UFC. The promotion has been trying to book him against Khamzat Chimaev which is an awful matchup for Diaz. My feeling is that they are trying to book him against Chimaev because Diaz has indicated that he’s not resigning with the UFC.

If Diaz does sign a new deal, I would expect the Poirier fight to come together quickly. Something still tells me that this is the most likely scenario. However, the Covington fight is interesting and one I didn’t think Poirier would express interest in.

The fight would definitely sell and would be another installment of Covington versus American Top Team.

After his big win at UFC 273, what’s next for Khamzat Chimaev?

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC 273, we saw a welterweight showdown that the world had been waiting on. Superstar prospect Khamzat Chimaev (11-0) was finally getting a shot against top welterweight competition in former title challenger Gilbert Burns (20-5).

The odds for this matchup were almost comical they were so lopsided. It was clear that everyone believed that Chimaev would run through Gilbert Burns just like he had run through all of his previous UFC competition.

However, that’s not what happened at all. From the opening bell, Burns made it clear that this would be a fight. Having only been hit twice before inside the octagon, Chimaev absorbed over 100 strikes from the former title challenger.

After a close first round, Chimaev dropped Burns near the end of the round. It looked like he would get the stoppage at UFC 273 for a second, but Burns powered through. The second round, Burns took over and looked sensational evening up the rounds one a piece.

In the final round, Chimaev was composed and really took control. However, Burns battled back in the final minute and made things interesting. However, all three judges agreed that Chimaev won the final round and gave him the decision win at UFC 273.

What’s next after UFC 273?

Nobody was really downplaying Khamzat Chimaev prior to UFC 273, but now you can’t deny him. The main is one of the very best welterweights on the planet and the win over Burns shows just how special he is.

Now that he’s been tested against elite competition, it’s only bigger and better fights from here on out. So, what will the UFC do next with their budding superstar? Well, Dana White hinted at wanting to do a ABC Fight Night headlined by Chimaev and former interim champion Colby Covington.

Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards are expected to fight for the UFC welterweight title over the summer. Covington has already lost twice to Usman, but if he wins another fight, the promotion would be willing to do a third fight. Usman also said he would take a third fight with Covington.

Beating Colby Covington would really establish Chimaev as the number one contender. I think the UFC is going to push for this fight with the winner being guaranteed a title shot. Either we would see Covington get his third shot, or by the end of the year, Khamzat Chimaev could have his crowning moment.

UFC’s Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington involved in restaurant fight in Miami

The bad blood is far from over after UFC 272. Earlier this month, Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal had their opportunity to settle the score inside the octagon after years of trash talking and bad blood.

The fight went how most expected as Covington used his superior grappling and cardio to break down Masvidal. After the fight was over, there was still clearly animosity between the two men.

Almost every day since the fight ended at UFC 272, Colby Covington has been posting images of the fight on his Instagram. Jorge Masvidal has mostly remained quiet outside of interviews where he expressed his frustration in his lack of wrestling from the fight.

Last night, Covington was out in Miami with the Nelk Boys and social media star Bob Menery. The former interim UFC champion who has dubbed himself “The King of Miami” was at Papi Steak in Miami beach. Per reports, as Covington was leaving, Masvidal and an entourage showed up.

UFC’s Next Steps

The Nelk Boys had posted the location earlier in the evening and Masvidal’s manager got word of where Covington was at. He relayed that information to Masvidal who then showed up to the restaurant.

Per reports, Masvidal jumped Covington and started throwing punches. The two men were quickly separated and the cops were called. Covington can be seen surrounded by cops while talking to people in the TMZ footage here.

This of course is not the first time that Masvidal has been involved in a situation outside the UFC octagon. We of course all remember the “Three-Piece and a Soda” combination that he landed on Leon Edwards back stage a few years ago.

That being said, I don’t think there’s any negative implications from the UFC’s side of things. I’m torn on this situation. As a father, I get where Jorge is coming from in wanting to exact some revenge for the comments that were made.

On the flip side, they literally just fought on a regulated platform and the reality is that Covington dominated the fight. If Masvidal would’ve won, there would have been no need to try and jump Covington but it resulted in that because of the UFC 272 outcome.

After dominant win at UFC 272, what’s next for Colby Covington?

This past weekend in the main event of UFC 272 we saw a highly anticipated grudge match between two of the best welterweights in the world. Former best friends Colby Covington (17-3) and Jorge Masvidal (35-16) went to battle to settle their personal beef.

Going into UFC 272, the path to victory for both men was clear. Covington needed to use his pace and wrestling to break down Masvidal while Masvidal needed to keep things standing at range to hurt Covington.

In the first round, Masvidal immediately targeted the legs of Covington trying to slow down his pace. However, they really didn’t have any impact. All night long, Covington was able to pressure Masvidal up against the fence and get ahold of him.

Even when they were striking, Covington get the better of things most of the time due to volume. Now, Masvidal did drop Covington in the fourth round with a big right hand, but he couldn’t follow up.

Ultimately, it was a very one-sided fight at UFC 272. Colby Covington was too much for Masvidal and won a lopsided decision while proving once again that he’s clearly the second best welterweight on the roster.

What’s next after UFC 272?

Immediately after the main event concluded, Covington made it clear who he wanted next. Covington said that he wanted to fight another former teammate in former interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier.

Like with Masvidal, Covington has serious personal beef with Dustin Poirier. Poirier has teased that he wants to move up to welterweight and Covington has made it clear that he wants to fight him. However, Poirier has said already that he’s not interested in that fight.

If he was, I would be all for the UFC making that fight happen. In terms of fights that make sense for the division, I would point to a couple of upcoming welterweight fights. There are matchups between Vicente Luque – Belal Muhammad and Khamzat Chimaev – Gilbert Burns.

Covington hasn’t fought any of those four men. One of those winners would make for a perfect opponent that would get Covington in a good spot to once agains challenge for the UFC welterweight title.

What’s next for Jorge Masvidal after falling short at UFC 272?

This past weekend in the main event of UFC 272, we saw one of the biggest grudge matches in the promotion’s history. Former best friends turned bitter rivals battled it out as Colby Covington (17-3) took on “Gamebred” Jorge Masvidal (35-16).

There was so much riding on the line for both men from a personal and a professional standpoint. Neither man wanted to walk out of UFC 272 on the losing end considering the history that was between the two men.

Going into UFC 272, the game plan for both men was rather obvious. For Covington, he needed to use his relentless pace and his wrestling to break down Masvidal. For Masvidal, he needed to be a matador and he needed to keep the fight standing.

Well, one of those game plans was executed perfectly. Unfortunately for Masvidal, it wasn’t his. Covington was on Masvidal all night and wouldn’t let Gamebred breathe. The pace was incredible and Masvidal didn’t really have an answer for the wrestling.

In the fourth round, Masvidal was able to drop Covington with a big right hand, but he was tired he couldn’t capitalize. Covington would go on to still win the round on two scorecards. UFC 272 was a one-sided fight in favor of Colby Covington.

What’s next for Masvidal after UFC 272?

Masvidal now finds himself in a really tough spot in the UFC’s welterweight division. One could point out that he’s only lost to the two best guys, but he’s lost convincingly in all three matchups between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington.

The days of Masvidal competing for a UFC title could be over especially considering the fact that he’s 37 years old. Now, there are still big fights for Gamebred and the UFC recognizes that. One of the reasons they signed him to a new deal before this fight was his star power.

Masvidal still has that regardless of what happened this past weekend. In terms of next opponents, there’s a few options. The Nate Diaz rematch is always there, but Masvidal might let his teammate Dustin Poirier take that one.

A matchup with Conor McGregor would certainly bring on a lot of eye balls, however, McGregor seems focused on the lightweight title. A matchup that makes sense in the welterweight division is a fight with Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

Masvidal and Wonderboy have fought before and I could see the UFC running it back. Both men are in a very similar spot with a steep mountain to climb back to the top. It would be a fun matchup featuring two fan-favorite strikers.

Colby Covington controls and dominates Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272

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Tonight in the main event of UFC 272, we saw one of the biggest grudge matches in the promotion’s history. Former best friends turned bitter rivals battled it out as Jorge Masvidal (35-15) took 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 was riding on this fight at UFC 272.

UFC 272 Recap

Round 1

Of course there was no touch of the gloves to start the UFC 272 main event. Masvidal runs at Covington and goes for a jumping kick but doesn’t come close to landing. Covington circling around the outside and Masvidal lands a nice low kick. Wild left from Covington misses and a brutal leg kick lands for Masvidal.

Extended combination from Covington and Masvidal complains of an eye poke. Covington tries to secure a takedown attempt but Masvidal defends well. Covington gets him to the ground, but Masvidal bounces right back to his feet. Covington heavy on the pressure and he drags Masvidal right back down.

Again, Masvidal bounces up and again, he’s dragged back down. Covington gets the back of Masvidal and he’s looking for a rear naked choke. Masvidal defends well but Covington is still on his back here. Heavy top pressure from Covington here.

Covington continues to look for a rear naked choke, but Masvidal is remaining calm and composed here. Little shots landing for Covington but he’s mainly looking to control here and open up the submission. The mount is there for Covington if he wants it.

Mount for Covington and he’s looking to posture up. Masvidal spins and gives up his back, but he’s able to get back to his feet. Nice elbows from Covington, but Masvidal gets the break and they’re striking. Big right hand lands for Masvidal and a body kick. The round ends and it’s 1-0 Covington at UFC 272.

Round 2

Entering the second at UFC 272 and it goes without saying that Masvidal needs to keep this fight standing and keep it at distance. Covington takes the center to start the second and he goes for a head kick. Oblique kick from Masvidal and now Masvidal goes on the attack. Big low kick from Gamebred.

Another low kick from Masvidal and a lunging left hook lands for Covington. Big body kick lands for Masvidal and his kicks are definitely doing damage here. Nice 1-2 lands for Covington and he chains it into a takedown attempt. Good elbows from Masvidal but Covington has a good body lock.

Covington drops down as he’s trying to secure the legs and then he pops up and lands an elbow. A low shot lands for Covington and that causes Herb Dean to break the two men up. Back at it and a really nice lead right hook lands for Covington. Covington landing nicely here and he tries to get a clinch.

Both men swinging big here halfway through the round. Nice right hand lands for Masvidal. 1-2 lands for Covington and then he slips trying for a kick. Masvidal gets top position, but Covington immediately reverses the position and gets the back of Masvidal.

Masvidal bounces right back up and they’re back to striking. Heavy pressure from Covington and he’s really touching up Masvidal here. More good shots from Covington. Big counter combination from Masvidal. Low kick from Masvidal but Covington lands another big combination. Two rounds in at UFC 272 and it could be even.

Round 3

Entering the third at UFC 272 and this fight is very competitive. Covington immediately runs to the center to start the third, but he eats a kick from Masvidal. Big pressure from Covington and he tries chaining a combination into a takedown attempt. However, Masvidal defends well.

More shots from Covington and he tries for another takedown and he’s able to get it. Covington settles into the guard of Masvidal and he starts working elbows. Body shots landing from Covington and he lands three straight nasty elbows.

Big shots landing from Colby Covington here who is really turning things up from the top. More big elbows from Covington and Masvidal is doing little to defend here. No danger of a stoppage yet, but Covington is doing some serious work in the third round.

Covington postures up and he punches to the body then goes up top with an elbow. Masvidal tries to hip escape but Covington ends up in side control. A few more good shots land for Covington and then Masvidal gets things back to half guard.

Masvidal again tries to get up but he gives up his back again. Covington goes for the choke again, but Masvidal explodes out of it. Masvidal briefly gets top position but Covington almost immediately gets top position. Masvidal gets back to his feet and lands two good shots before the round ends. After three, Colby Covington has pulled ahead at UFC 272.

Round 4

Colby Covington appears to be in the driver’s seat as we enter the fourth round at UFC 272. Immediate pressure again from Covington and he lands a nice left straight. Body kick from Masvidal and he doubles it up. Leg kick lands from Masvidal. Bad shot attempt from Covington and Masvidal shrugs him off.

Immediate pressure from Covington and he lands a nice combination. He chains that directly into a clinch along the fence. Big takedown attempt from Covington but again, Masvidal defends. Covington immediately lands a couple of shots and tries for another takedown attempt. The pressure is intense from Covington.

Big uppercut from Covington and a right hand follows it. Immediately into another takedown attempt along the fence. Masvidal is defending but he’s really looking tired here in the fourth round. The pace Covington is putting on is really tough on Masvidal.

Halfway through the round and they separate. Another good combination from Covington and Masvidal looks hurt. Covington unloading on Masvidal against the fence and then he goes for a takedown. Again, Masvidal defends and they are back to striking.

Huge right hand from Masvidal and down goes Covington. Covington smiles, but he’s hurt. Another big shot from Masvidal, but Covington is staying in the pocket with Masvidal. Covington now answering with big shots of his own.

Masvidal looks tired, but he’s still got plenty of pop. The round comes to a close and that’s a tough one to score at UFC 272.

Round 5

Entering the final round at UFC 272 and conventional wisdom would say that Masvidal needs a finish here. Covington immediately pushes across to start the fifth round. Two really big left hands from Covington and he immediately gets deep on a takedown attempt.

Covington secures the takedown. Masvidal tries to use the fence, but again, Covington gets to his back. Covington looking for the choke, but Masvidal is defending well by keeping his chin tucked. Masvidal spins and gets back to his feet but Covington still has a body lock.

Knees to the thighs from Covington and he drags Masvidal back to the ground. Again, Masvidal bounces back to his feet, but Covington is like a wet blanket here. Masvidal is exhausted, but there’s no quit in him here. Masvidal gets back to his feet, but Covington still on the back and he drags Gamebred right back down.

Little shots raining down from Covington. Masvidal spins and tries to use a leg to get back to his feet. However, Covington again reverses and gets the dominant position. There is just a massive difference between these two men on the ground.

Mount from Colby Covington and he’s really going for the finish here in the final minute. Big shots from Covington and he rides out the fight from the top and he’s going to get a decision win here.

Colby Covington def. Jorge Masvidal by Unanimous Decision (49-46, 50-44, 50-45)

UFC 272 Preview: Jorge Masvidal – Colby Covington

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

UFC 272: Jorge Masvidal can’t wait to ‘break’ Colby Covington’s face

In just a couple of months, we are going to see one of the biggest grudge matches in UFC history. Headlining the promotion’s march PPV is a showdown between two of the very best welterweights in the world. The former interim welterweight champion Colby Covington (16-3) and the UFC’s BMF Jorge Masvidal (35-15).

Both men find themselves in a very similar position ahead of UFC 272. While they are still at the very top of the welterweight division, both are kind of in no man’s land considering they both have lost twice to Kamaru Usman. However, that doesn’t take away any of the luster for this fight.

This is a fight that fans have been wanting for years and they are finally going to see it happen. Masvidal appeared on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Hour yesterday and previewed the upcoming fight at UFC 272. Simply put, Masvidal said he wants to do one thing and one thing only and that’s ‘Break’ Colby Covington’s face.

Looking to UFC 272

Things have becoming increasingly personal over the past couple of years between Masvidal and Covington. These two men used to be the best of friends before they became stars in the UFC. As recently as a couple of years ago, Covington and Masvidal were fixtures in the other’s corner.

However, that friendship has long since faded. There were issues between the two at American Top Team and Covington’s new persona created additional problems. The friendship grew to a hatred and the two men have been chomping at the bit to fight each other over the past couple of years.

Now, at UFC 272, we are finally going to see them fight. As expected, Covington is a massive favorite. If Kamaru Usman wasn’t around, Colby Covington would likely be the welterweight champion. However, Masvidal has been counted out many times in his career and he’s proven people wrong.

The buildup to this fight is going to be filled with personal heat and drama. Fight fans should be excited for the months to come.

UFC books headliner between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal

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The UFC‘s biggest potential grudge match officially has a date. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to report this afternoon that the promotion had finalized a matchup between Jorge Masvidal (35-15) and Colby Covington (16-3). The news was confirmed by the UFC’s CBO Hunter Campbell.

The matchup will headline UFC 272 on March 5th. We got word that this fight could be coming together over the weekend. Masvidal tweeted at Covington saying the UFC would be calling him about the potential fight. Well, it looks like they did and the fight is on.

This will be the first time that we’ve seen the UFC’s BMF since April of last year. At UFC 261, Masvidal got his second shot at Kamaru Usman. This time, he had a full camp to prepare for the welterweight champion. Unfortunately for Gamebred, the result was much worse.

Masvidal was knocked out cold by Usman and as a result fell down the welterweight ladder. Now, he’s looking to get back on track and he can quickly with this fight against Covington. Originally, Masvidal was set to fight Leon Edwards in December but had to pull out with an injury.

UFC Grudge Match

Like Masvidal, Covington is also coming off of a loss against Kamaru Usman. Covington got his second chance against Usman back at UFC 268 in November. Usman got off to a fast start and nearly finished Covington in the second round.

However, Covington came back strong and made the fight incredibly competitive. In the end, it wasn’t enough and Usman won the fight which made him 2-0 against Covington. Despite being 0-2 against the champion, Covington has proven to the world that he’s at the very top of the division.

As soon as UFC 268 ended, Covington was calling for a fight against Masvidal. Momentum started building over the weekend when news starting leaking that the UFC was moving a couple of title fights from March to April. That move left a vacancy for a big main event at UFC 272.

Now, we know that this grudge match will take center stage in March.

Is the UFC working towards Jorge Masvidal – Colby Covington?

The UFC has a potential grudge match that fans have been waiting years for. For the last couple of years, fans have wanted to see former best friends turned enemies fight. Just a few years ago, Jorge Masvidal (35-15) and Colby Covington (16-3) were best friends.

The two were training partners and they were roommates. Covington was struggling to gain traction in the UFC and needed to switch things up with his persona in order to garner more attention. That’s when we saw the Colby Covington everyone knows start to make headlines.

Covington went on an incredible run that led him to the interim UFC welterweight title. However, during this process, some bridges were burned with his former gym and inner circle. One of the bridges that was burned was with his former friend and roommate Jorge Masvidal.

In early 2021, the UFC was working on having Masvidal and Covington coach The Ultimate Fighter against each other with a fight after the season. However, the promotion switched up the plan once they were able to get back in full arenas. Masvidal ended up getting a title shot.

UFC working on grudge match?

Masvidal ended up fighting Kamaru Usman at UFC 261 in Florida. Unfortunately for Gamebred, he suffered a brutal knockout loss at the hands of the welterweight champion. Then, Covington had his second crack at Usman back in November.

Once again, Covington gave Usman a good fight, but Usman pulled away and won a decision. Now, Covington and Masvidal are in a very similar spot. Both are near the very top of the UFC’s welterweight division, however, both have two losses to Kamaru Usman.

With that in mind, it looks like the perfect time for the UFC to put this fight together. Masvidal shed some light on the potential matchup late last week when he tweeted out at Covington saying the UFC would be calling. Anyone you talk to seems to think this fight is coming together quickly.

I would guess that the UFC’s march PPV could be the spot for this fight if not late spring/early summer. Either way, we will definitely be seeing Covington and Masvidal settle the score sometime this year.