The bad blood has finally spilled over! Friends turned rivals Jorge Masvidal, and Colby Covington will fight in the main event of UFC 272 on March 5. According to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, UFC’s Chief Business Officer Hunter Campbell has confirmed the booking of Masvidal Vs Covington. The fight will occur at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Sin City.
The featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski was going to fight former champ Max Holloway for the third time before Holloway was forced to withdraw with an injury. Previously, a bantamweight title unifier was headed to be fought between Undisputed champion Aljamain Sterling and interim champion Petr Yan at UFC 272; the fight can be delayed or pushed to UFC 273 due to the promotion’s welterweight headliner.
In the past week, Masvidal hinted at a potential fight against Covington, indicating the 4th booking attempt of the fight. Covington and Masvidal have a long history. They both were teammates in the American top team and were regularly seen alongside each other at fights.
Covington holds a record of 16-3 and is coming off a unanimous decision defeat against the UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Covington has lost two of the last three fights to Usman and was last seen in the ring on November 7, 2021. On the other hand, Masvidal holds a record of 35-15 and has lost two consecutive fights against Usman; Masvidal last entered the ring in April 2021. The lucrative grudge fight between the fighters will surely be a bloodbath.