UFC books headliner between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal

UFC, Colby Covington

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.

Three UFC fights that need to happen in 2022

Conor McGregor, UFC

The calendar is getting ready to turn over to 2022 and the UFC has big plans for the next calendar year. There were so many big fights that took place in 2021, and the world’s premier MMA organization will look to continue that next year.

Some of the notable fights that took place this year are the two fights with Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier. Charles Oliveira became the UFC lightweight champion when he knocked out Michael Chandler.

UFC 261 featured the return to arenas and saw Kamaru Usman and Rose Namajunas score big knockout wins in their title fights. Then you had the fight of the year at UFC 268 when Justin Gaethje defeated Michael Chandler.

So many epic moments and epic fights took place this year. As mentioned, the UFC is already making fights through April of next year. There are some big things in the works.

That being said, what are some of the fights that are must makes for the promotion next year?

UFC fights that need to happen

Conor McGregor – Nate Diaz 3

This one feels like an obvious choice. The UFC needs to make the trilogy between Conor McGregor (22-6) and Nate Diaz (20-13). It’s a perfect time in both men’s career to run this fight back.

When they first fought, Diaz shocked everyone by submitting Conor McGregor at UFC 196. Then McGregor won an instant classic in the rematch at UFC 201. Since then, the trilogy has been always on the table.

However, the UFC has never pulled the trigger on it. Given where both men stand, I think it’s the perfect time for it.

Colby Covington – Jorge Masvidal

The next fight the UFC needs to make is arguably the biggest grudge match there is to make. That would be the matchup between former teammates and close friends Colby Covington (16-3) and Jorge Masvidal (35-15).

Both of these men are also in a very similar position. They’ve both lost to Kamaru Usman twice and will need some big momentum to warrant a third shot against the UFC champion.

They’ve been jawing at each other for the past couple of years, but the fight has never come together. Now is the time for the UFC to make this happen and even perhaps make them coaches on The Ultimate Fighter.

Jon Jones – Heavyweight Champion

The last fight the UFC needs to make this year is booking Jon Jones‘ (26-1, 1 NC) return fight for the heavyweight title. We haven’t seen Jones in the UFC since the beginning of 2020.

Jones has bulked up in anticipation of his heavyweight debut which is expected to be for the title. Next month, Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane will battle for the undisputed heavyweight title.

You can imagine that Jones will be watching closely. He’s hinted that he wants to fight the winner next summer, and I think that would be an ideal situation for the UFC.

UFC: Will Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal be the next coaches on TUF?

UFC, Colby Covington

A couple of weeks ago, we learned that Jorge Masvidal (35-15) had pulled out of his UFC 269 matchup against Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) with an injury. There were no details about what the injury was, we just knew that Masvidal was out and wouldn’t be able to compete until March or February.

This came on the heels of UFC 268 where Kamaru Usman (20-1) had defeated Colby Covington (16-3) by decision. Covington said in the post-fight press conference that Masvidal should pull out of the fight against Leon Edwards to fight him instead.

Of course, conspiracies were running wild after Masvidal pulled out of the fight just days later. Covington appeared on Submission Radio yesterday and talked about Masvidal pulling out and disclosed what he had heard about the injury.

According to Covington, Masvidal had to pull out of the UFC 269 matchup with fractured ribs. Covington would also go on to mock Masvidal for pulling out and called him the most fragile fighter on the roster.

UFC’s next Ultimate Fighter coaches?

Another thing that Covington has been pushing is for him and Masvidal to coach the UFC’s next season of The Ultimate Fighter. The show returned to ESPN+ this past year with Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega as the coaches.

However, those two were not the originally planned coaches. By all indications, the UFC originally wanted Masvidal and Covington to coach the show against each other. However, they pulled the plug on that at the last minute.

A lot of that had to do with the fact that it took forever for a deal to get close and even when one did, the UFC was preparing to bring fans back for UFC 261 and slotted Masvidal in against Kamaru Usman. Now, Masvidal and Covington have both lost to Kamaru Usman for a second time.

They are in very similar spots in the division and the heat is real between the two. These two coaching the show would be big business for the UFC and it would setup a huge fight that could take place in Miami. At this time, there’s no word on if these two will coach, but they have to be looked at as the front runners.

BREAKING: Jorge Masvidal out of UFC 269 bout against Leon Edwards

UFC 269 suffered a big blow this afternoon. Hunter Campbell informed ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that Jorge Masvidal (35-15) has suffered an injury and as a result, he’s out of his highly anticipated matchup against Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC).

This fight had so much hype behind it after the history that these two men shared. Of course, everyone recalls the “Three Piece and a Soda” that Masvidal gave Edwards after a UFC event in London. These two men do not like each other and the fight is a couple of years in the making.

However, we now know that Masvidal is injured and the fight is off. Campbell didn’t give a timeline on Masvidal’s return and he also didn’t say whether the UFC will keep that fight together. There is a chance that Edwards stays on the card in the end.

Masvidal was called out by Colby Covington last weekend after Covington lost to Kamaru Usman at UFC 268. Covington and Masvidal used to be best friends who have now turned rivals. Covington said Masvidal should pull out of his fight with Edwards to fight him.

Yesterday, Masvidal tweeted out a cryptic message saying, ‘Silver Lining‘. Maybe that had to deal with the injury which could lead to his matchup with Covington. Either way, the fight at UFC 269 is off.

What’s next for the UFC?

I think this is the end of the fight for now. I personally don’t see the UFC rebooking this fight in the short-term and they will likely refocus their attention on booking Masvidal against Covington when both men are healthy.

So where does that leave Leon Edwards? My guess is that Edwards will still try to fight at UFC 269 unless the promotion just gives him a title shot. With that in mind, there are a few opponents that jump out as possibilities.

Edwards could fight Gilbert Burns (20-4) next. These two have gone back and forth quite a bit and Burns has said that he would fight Edwards on short notice. Another possiblity for the UFC could be Vicente Luque (21-7-1) who is looked at as the next guy in line behind Edwards currently.

A wild card in all this could be Khamzat Chimaev (10-0). The UFC tried to book Edwards against Chimaev a few times this year and it always fell through due to Covid. Now, Chimaev is healthy and he’s said that he wants to fight next month. Perhaps the UFC tries one more time.

This will definitely be a story to watch over the coming days.

What’s next for Colby Covington after UFC 268?

UFC, Colby Covington

This past Saturday in the main event of UFC 268, we saw a rematch for the welterweight title. The champion Kamaru Usman (20-1) defended his title for the second time against Colby Covington (16-3). Their first fight came back at UFC 245 in December of 2019.

That fight nearly two years ago was as close as it could get. Through four rounds, the judges scored the fight 3-1 Usman, 2-2, and 3-1 Covington. It was all going to come down to the fifth round and Usman won it emphatically stopping Covington before the round was over.

Nearly two years later, the two met again at UFC 268. The thing everyone, including myself, had been noting leading up to the fight is the improvements we’ve seen from Kamaru Usman. He continues to get better and better while Covington’s inactivity left a lot of question marks about what to expect.

In the early parts of the fight, Usman was dominating while Covington was hesitant. In the second round, Usman nearly finished Covington again after dropping him twice. However, Covington turned the tide in the third round at UFC 268.

After he survived the second, Covington started getting more and more aggressive. With being aggressive, he was able to make the fight very close and even wobbled Usman on the feet. However, despite making the fight very close, he couldn’t do enough to get the decision at UFC 268.

What’s next after UFC 268?

Say what you want about Colby Covington, but he’s clearly the second best welterweight on the planet. Kamaru Usman has ran through all of his competition and Covington has fought him very close for nearly ten rounds. In the ten rounds they’ve fought, I give Usman six to Covington’s four.

That’s how close these two are. However, Usman is just a bit better and that is why he’s the UFC welterweight champion. With that, it’s time for Covington to reset and take on different challenges that can get him back to the top. He was asked about what’s next and there’s only one name on his mind.

At the UFC 268 post-fight press conference, Covington made it clear that he wants Jorge Masvidal (35-15) next. Masvidal is currently scheduled to face Leon Edwards at UFC 269 next month. Regardless of the result next month, I think the fight with Covington makes all the sense in the world.

Masvidal will not get a title shot if he beats Edwards next month. He’s lost twice to Usman including getting knocked out cold. if Masvidal loses to Edwards next month, he’s still got star power and that alone still makes the Covington fight interesting.

Win or lose, I think the UFC books Covington against Masvidal next. An under the radar pick could be former title challenger Gilbert Burns (20-4). However, there’s whispers that the UFC might have other plans for Durinho at the moment.

Jorge Masvidal – Leon Edwards close to being finalized for UFC 269

The welterweight grudge match that UFC fans have wanted to see is close to being finalized. Ariel Helwani reported today that the fight between Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) and Jorge Masvidal (35-15) is all but finalized and it will go down this year.

Helwani reported that the fight is being targeted for UFC 269 on December 11th. That card currently has three title fights (headlined by Charles Oliveira – Dustin Poirier), but reports are that the flyweight title fight between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno might move.

With that, Masvidal and Edwards will be the third main card fight for UFC 269. Edwards is going to be looking for his tenth win in his last eleven UFC appearances. The only non-win was a No Contest which came earlier this year in a fight with Belal Muhammad.

Worth noting that Edwards was dominating that fight. Given the current state of the UFC‘s welterweight division, this could very well be a title eliminator. With Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman fighting in November, Edwards could get his UFC title shot with a win over Gamebred.

UFC 269 – Three Piece and a Soda

Jorge Masvidal will be looking to snap a two-fight losing streak in his next fight. His last two fights came against Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight title and Gamebred fell short both times.

Now, he’s looking to get back on track and he’s still desiring another crack at UFC gold. A clear way to get there is with a win over Leon Edwards. These two have bad blood that dates back to 2019 when Gamebred knocked out Darren Till.

Masvidal was conducting his post-fight interview with ESPN when Edwards walked by. The two exchanged words which caused Masvidal to approach Edwards. Upon approaching him, Masvidal bloodied Edwards with a combination.

Now, the two men will finally meet in the UFC. Who do you think will ultimately win this matchup at UFC 269?

Will Nick Diaz fight again after UFC 266?

This past Saturday at UFC 266, we saw the return of Nick Diaz (26-10, 2 NC). Diaz hadn’t competed in almost seven years but finally returned to the octagon after years away to take on Robbie Lawler (29-15, 1 NC).

This fight was a rematch that was seventeen years in the making. When they first fought, Lawler was a massive favorite, but Diaz shocked everyone when he knocked him out. Originally, despite the lengthy layoff, Diaz was the favorite leading up to UFC 266.

However, the betting lines started to change the week of the fight. Diaz requested that the fight change from 170 to 185 pounds. When he appeared at fight week, he didn’t appear to be in the kind of shape we were accustomed to seeing Diaz in.

He looked very soft and just didn’t look right. The fight at UFC 266 didn’t start out well for him as Lawler poured it on immediately. However, Diaz held his own and even found his own groove where he was landing a lot of shots on Lawler.

You could tell that the boxing technique was still there. However, the cardio was not and the speed was not. He just didn’t look like a guy who was fully prepared and he got stopped in the third round.

What’s next after UFC 266?

Diaz and his camp have alluded to a number of issues leading up to the fight. He parted ways with folks in his membership team and hinted that he was essentially forced into this fight with Lawler.

Teammate and close friend Jake Shields said that Diaz only had six weeks to prepare. When you’ve been off for more than six years, six weeks is not enough time and it showed at UFC 266. Diaz even said in the post-fight interview that he knew he had a loss coming.

So the question becomes, will we see Nick Diaz in the UFC again? Well, that remains to be seen. On one hand, he said that he was happy to be back, but on the other hand, he just didn’t look the same.

If he does decide to fight, I think he needs to wait a bit and really make that he has a full three-month camp to prepare. If the UFC gives him another fight, I could see someone like Donald Cerrone (36-16, 2 NC) being a good candidate.

Cerrone has history with Nick’s younger brother Nate and he’s also in a very similar career position. If you want a little more high profile, perhaps a Jorge Masvidal (35-15) fight could come to fruition depending on the result of Masvidal’s next fight.

UFC: Leon Edwards down to fight Jorge Masvidal in November

Leon Edwards

A UFC grudge match could be getting closer to happening. For the last couple of years, fight fans have wanted to see welterweights Jorge Masvidal (35-15) and Leon Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) throw down inside the octagon.

However, the fight has never been made. The desire to see these two fight stems back from a UFC Fight Night in England. Both Edwards and Masvidal competed on the card with Masvidal facing Darren Till in the main event.

Masvidal knocked out Till while Edwards won a decision over Gunnar Nelson earlier in the evening. When Masvidal was doing his post-fight interview with ESPN, Edwards walked by and said they should fight in July (2019).

Masvidal replied which caused Edwards to tell Masvidal to, “Shut up.” After Edwards said that, Masvidal approached him and the two had an exchange. Masvidal caught Edwards clean a couple of times and bloodied up the British welterweight.

Ever since then, these two have been jawing back-and-forth, but the UFC has never made the fight. Edwards has called for it over the last couple of years, but Masvidal took fights with Ben Askren and Nate Diaz before getting a couple of title shots.

Will the UFC make this fight happen?

Recently, the UFC has been trying to put this fight together. However, Edwards is wanting to wait for a title shot. Edwards is 9-0, 1 NC in his last ten appearances inside the octagon and believes he should get a shot at Kamaru Usman.

In all honesty, Edwards does have a point. However, Usman is currently booked to rematch with Colby Covington in November which as Edwards on the sidelines. Masvidal has said he’s interested in fighting Edwards, but Edwards has maintained he wanted to wait.

However, he changed his tune a bit today. Edwards told Ariel Helwani that he’d definitely fight Masvidal if they could fight in November. Apparently, the Masvidal camp has been pushing the UFC for December or January.

Edwards wants to try and line up with the welterweight title fight to not delay his shot any further. At this point, there is no word on if Masvidal’s camp is interested in taking the fight in November.

Masvidal recently called out Edwards on Twitter for dodging a fight with him. Well, Edwards has now made it clear that he will fight Masvidal if they fight before the end of the year. We will have to see how this plays out, but I wouldn’t rule the UFC setting this one up.

UFC: Is Wonderboy – Gamebred 2 the fight to make?

The UFC‘s welterweight division has some of the best and most recognizable fighters in the sport. Two of those fighters who are massive fan favorites are Jorge Masvidal (35-15) and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson (16-4-1).

Both of these men have been two of the top welterweights in the UFC for a long time. Also, both men have significant fan followings despite having very different personalities. Ariel Helwani awarded Wonderboy with the NMF title that stands for the “Nicest Mofo”.

Meanwhile, the UFC actually created a BMF title that Masvidal won in his fight with Nate Diaz. These two hold two artificial belts that perfectly exemplifies the type of people and fighters they are.

Another thing that brings these two top welterweights together is their history. Masvidal and Thompson fought each other back in 2017 at UFC 217. That night, Wonderboy was able to pick up the unanimous decision victory.

Since then, both men have had success and stumbled inside the octagon. At this point, both men are coming off losses and they are needing opponents. Wonderboy took the time to call out Masvidal yesterday in the most Wonderboy fashion ever.

Is the UFC going to book the rematch?

Stephen Thompson took to Twitter yesterday and mentioned that Masvidal is a different animal now opposed to when he first fought him. With that in mind, he wants the UFC to run things back between the two men.

This is also a fight that Masvidal has stated that he’s wanted to run back. Both men need an opponent and Masvidal has been trying to get booked for the end of the year. This past weekend, Masvidal said he was targeting either December or January for his UFC return.

Personally, I think it’s a fantastic matchup. I know that originally Masvidal wanted the UFC to book him against Leon Edwards. However, it doesn’t appear that Edwards is interested in taking a fight that’s not for the welterweight title.

With that fight off the table, Masvidal needs an opponent and Wonderboy fits the bill. At this time, there’s no word on if the promotion is leaning in this direction, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised to see this one booked.