Colby Covington won the grudge match in the main event of UFC 272 by defeating Jorge Masvidal with his expert-level grappling, winning the fight with ease.
Those waiting to see how Masvidal would react to Covington's struggle got action in the first round when, after a few fights, Covington managed to put Covington down. Covington dominated the first frame but failed to get a choke.
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Masvidal fought back in the second round, landing several hard punches including a knockdown. But Masvidal made a mistake by following Covington to the ground, allowing Covington to regain control. Covington was dominant again for the third time, knocking him down and barely letting go.
Covington rocked Masvidal in the fourth, but Masvidal managed to cut Covington and score his own knockdown. However, Masvidal was too exhausted to continue and Covington treated him like a rag doll on the final lap.
The judges scored the fight 49-46, 50-44 and 50-45, all in favor of Covington.
Covington entered this fight after narrowly losing to UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 268 in Madison Square Garden. It was the second loss to Usman in the last three fights for Covington, who had previously unsuccessfully fought for the UFC Welterweight title at UFC 245. a fifth-round TKO at UFC Vegas 11.
After increasing his popularity to the moon and earning three straight wins and the “BMF” belt in 2019, Masvidal entered today’s fight on a two-fight losing streak, with back-to-back losses to Usman. Masvidal briefly fell to Usman via unanimous decision at UFC 251 and was knocked out by Usman at UFC 261.