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UFC 272: Colby Covington grounds Jorge Masvidal

Dustin Poirier called out in the post-fight interview

Colby Covington used his grappling to neutralize the striking of Jorge Masvidal and take a comfortable unanimous decision victory at UFC 272.

Covington used the takedown from the opening round and while he didn’t inflict much damage, he did put Masvidal on the defensive.

Masvidal did come back in the second round with leg kicks and a knockdown of Covington via a hard elbow. He would have to wait until the fourth round for another, his biggest moment of the bout but was unable to follow up. He said in the post-fight press conference that he thought Covington going to try for another takedown and should have pounced.

Covington recovered to control the fight on the ground in the final round to walk away with a 49-46, 50-44, and 50-45 decision.

The win returns Covington to the win column and in the post-fight interview, he called out Dustin Poirier for a fight. Poirier has said in recent comments that he will never fight Covington in the octagon, so we’ll have to see if this matchup becomes a realistic one.

Masvidal (35-16-0), 37, lamented the missed opportunity in the fourth and acknowledged the superior wrestling of Covington in the fight while still not liking him. He said he needs to “fix” the hole in his wrestling game not just for Covington, but for other wrestlers that have given him problems for much of his career.

 

Covington and Masvidal earned Fight of the Night, while Kevin Holland and Maryna Moroz earned performances of the night. Each fighter earned a $50,000 USD bonus.

Kenai Andrews checks in with his thoughts on the card.

UFC 272 FIGHT PASS PRELIMS 

DUSTIN JACOBY VS. MICHEL OLEKSIEJCZUK

WINNER: DUSTIN JACOBY VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: DUSTIN JACOBY VIA TKO

Andrews: Jacoby’s height and reach give him a good advantage.

DEVONTE SMITH VS. L’UDOVIT KLEIN 

WINNER: L’UDOVIT KLEIN VIA SD (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: L’UDOVIT KLEIN VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: I smelled an upset here and it came through. Klein is a great story, check it out.

TIM ELLIOTT VS. TAGIR ULANBEKOV 

WINNER: TIM ELLIOTT VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: TAGIR ULANBECKOV VIA UD

Andrews: Khabib was mad. But give credit to Elliott for showing up.

BRIAN KELLEHER VS. UMAR NURMAGOMEDOV

WINNER: UMAR NURMAGOMEDOV VIA SUBMISSION (RNC) R1 3:15

ANDREWS PREDICTION: UMAR NURMAGOMEDOV VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Umar gets to keep wearing Khabib’s hat.

UFC 272 PRELIMS

MARYNA MOROZ VS. MARIYA AGAPOVA 

WINNER: MARYNA MOROZ VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE CHOKE) R2 2:27

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARIYA AGAPOVA VIA SUBMISSION

Andrews: Moroz did Ukraine proud. Great win.

NICOLAE NEGUMEREANU VS. KENNEDY NZECHUKWU 

WINNER: NICOLAE NEGUMEREAU VIA SD (27-29, 29-27, 29-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KENNEDY NZECHUKWU VIA TKO

Andrews: Close fight. Kennedy has to find a way of winning these close fights.

#3 MARINA RODRIGUEZ VS. #4 YAN XIAONAN

WINNER: MARINA RODRIGUEZ VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: MARINA RODRIGUEZ VIA UD

Andrews: Yan did well but just fell short.

JALIN TURNER VS. JAMIE MULLARKEY 

WINNER: JALIN TURNER VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 0:46

ANDREWS PREDICTION: JALIN TURNER VIA TKO

Andrews: Jalin is the real deal.

MAIN CARD

SERGEY SPIVAK VS. GREG HARDY

WINNER: SERGEY SPIVACK VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 2:16

ANDREWS PREDICTION: SERGEY SPIVACK VIA TKO

Andrews: Hardy is finding out there are levels to the heavyweight division.

KEVIN HOLLAND VS. ALEX OLIVEIRA 

WINNER: KEVIN HOLLAND VIA TKO (ELBOWS) R2 0:38

ANDREWS PREDICTION: KEVIN HOLLAND VIA UD

Andrews: Impressive welterweight debut for Holland. Let’s see what he can make here.

#10 EDSON BARBOZA VS. #11 BRYCE MITCHELL

WINNER: BRYCE MITCHELL VIA UD (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: BRYCE MITCHELL VIA UD

Andrews: It’s all about Arkansas. It might be time for Barboza to think about hanging them up.

#6 RAFAEL DOS ANJOS VS. RENATO MOICANO

WINNER: RAFAEL DOS ANJOS VIA UD (49-45, 49-44, 50-44)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: RAFAEL DOS ANJOS VIA UD

Andrews: Moicano has some heart. RDA looked good. 

MAIN EVENT

#1 COLBY COVINGTON VS. #6 JORGE MASVIDAL

WINNER: COLBY COVINGTON VIA UD (49-46, 50-44, 50-45)

ANDREWS PREDICTION: COLBY COVINGTON VIA UD

Andrews: Covington was smart, used his grappling and even outstruck Masvidal for the most part. He got clipped a couple of times but survived those moments. He is the clear No. 2 in the division.

The next UFC event is UFC Fight Night 203, which is scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 12 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Light heavyweight Thiago Santos takes on Magomed Ankalaev in the main event.

@kenaiandrews 

KenaiAndrews
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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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