Friends Turned Foes: Covington, Masvidal Headline UFC 272

Written By Gage Miskimen on March 4, 2022 - Last Updated on March 15, 2024
UFC 272 Covington

Friends-turned-foes will face off in the main event at UFC 272 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

No. 1-ranked UFC welterweight Colby Covington (16-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) will step into the Octagon against No. 6-ranked Jorge Masvidal (35-15 MMA, 12-8 UFC) in a five-round, non-title main event at the T-Mobile Arena.

The two welterweights were once teammates at the American Top Team gym in Coconut Creek, Florida. But the two top contenders’ stories differ when it comes to the fallout. Masvidal claims Covington didn’t pay their coach money that was agreed upon after Covington’s interim-title fight at UFC 225 in 2018. Covington said he wasn’t paid the amount he thought he was going to be paid in the first place.

Covington’s pay for UFC 225, which took place at the United Center in Chicago, is still unknown since the Illinois State Athletic Commission didn’t release a payout disclosure.

So now the two will settle the score in a locked cage on pay-per-view and in a packed T-Mobile Arena.

Both fighters are coming off of title fight losses to UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman, who has beaten both Covington and Masvidal twice now. Usman has finished each fighter once and gone to decision with both of them once as well.

How to watch UFC 272

  • Main card: pay-per-view on ESPN+ at 9 p.m.
  • Prelims: ESPN+ at 7 p.m.
  • Early prelims: ESPN+ at 5 p.m.

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Both Covington and Masvidal have good striking ability and some rank Masvidal as one of the best boxers in the UFC today. On the other hand, some rank Covington as one of the best wrestlers in the organization. But expect this fight to be an all-out brawl as each fighter desperately needs a win if they want their name in the title picture. Each guy has had two shots at the title already and there are fresh, new names for Usman to take on in the top ten now.

Covington, the former interim champion, has notable wins over former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos, who is one half of Saturday’s co-main event, former welterweight champs Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler and Damien Maia.

Masvidal has the fastest knockout in UFC history over Ben Askren when he started the fight with a flying knee that took Askren out in five seconds. He also has notable wins over Nate Diaz, Darren Till and Donald Cerrone.

Expect the two 170 pounders to come out swinging and ready to take the fight to the mat. This bout could go anywhere at any time and it’s why it’s able to be a non-title, pay-per-view main event.

UFC 272 tale of the tape

Colby Covington

Jorge Masvidal





170 lbs

170 lbs

72 inches

74 inches

Kamaru Usman: L (Dec)

Last 5
Kamaru Usman: L (KO)

Tyron Woodley: W (TKO)

Kamaru Usman: L (Dec)

Kamaru Usman: L (TKO)

Nate Diaz: W (TKO-Doctor Stoppage)

Robbie Lawler: W (Dec)

Ben Askren: W (KO)

Rafael Dos Anjos: W (Dec)

Darren Till: W (KO)

Co-main event: Dos Anjos vs. Moicano

The co-main event features a former UFC lightweight champion taking on a fellow UFC veteran.

No. 6-ranked Rafael Dos Anjos (30-13 MMA, 19-11 UFC) will see action against Renato Moicano (16-4-1 MMA, 8-4 UFC)

The co-main was initially supposed to be Dos Anjos vs Rafael Fiziev, but Fiziev had to pull out of the bout after testing positive for COVID-19.

Dos Anjos returned to lightweight just last year after fighting in the welterweight division for three years and has notable wins in two divisions over Kevin Lee, Robbie Lawler, Anthony Pettis and Nate Diaz. However, Dos Anjos’ record since losing the lightweight belt in 2016 is 5-5.

Moicano is coming off a win just last month at UFC 271 where he submitted Alexander Hernandez. Moicano is 3-1 since moving up the lightweight division in 2020 with his only loss coming from Fiziev.

In his UFC career, Moicano has notable wins over Cub Swanson, Calvin Kattar and Jeremy Stephens in the featherweight division.

UFC 272 co-main event tale of the tape

Rafael Dos Anjos

Renato Moicano





155 lbs

155 lbs

70 inches

72 inches

Paul Felder: W (Dec)

Last 5
Alexander Hernandez: W (Sub)

Michael Chiesa: L (Dec)

Jai Herbert: W (Sub)

Leon Edwards: L (Dec)

Rafael Fiziev: L (KO)

Kevin Lee: W (Sub)

Damir Hadzovic: W (Sub)

Kamaru Usman: L (Dec)

Chan Sung Jung: L (TKO)

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Main Card

  • Welterweight: Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal
  • Lightweight: Rafael Dos Anjos vs Renato Moicano
  • Featherweight: Edson Barboza vs Bryce Mitchell
  • Welterweight: Kevin Holland vs Alex Oliveira
  • Heavyweight: Serghei Spivac vs Greg Hardy


  • Lightweight: Jalin Turner vs Jamie Mullarkey
  • Strawweight: Marina Rodriguez vs Yan Xiaonan
  • Light Heavyweight: Nicolae Negumereanu vs Kennedy Nzechukwu
  • Flyweight: Maryna Moroz vs Mariya Agapova

Early Prelims

  • Featherweight: Brian Kelleher vs Umar Nurmagomedov
  • Flyweight: Tim Elliott vs Tagir Ulanbekov
  • Lightweight: Devonte Smith vs Ludovit Klein
  • Light Heavyweight: Dustin Jacoby vs Michael Oleksiejczuk
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Gage Miskimen is a journalist from Marion, Iowa, currently working at the Cedar Rapids Gazette. He graduated from the University of Iowa in 2019 and was editor of the award-winning Daily Iowan. He also previously worked for the Des Moines Register. Gage is a lifelong fan of combat sports and martial arts.

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