UFC 272 Preview: Can Masvidal Stop Covington?

The exciting Jorge Masvidal will enter the Octagon once again at UFC 272. Masvidal will take on Colby Covington in the main event, and there’s a good chance this fight doesn’t go the distance. Only one of Masvidal’s last five fights have been decided by the judges, and two of Covington’s last three fights have been decided by knockout. There are some good down card matches too including the co-main event between Rafael dos Anjos and Rafael Fiziev, and Greg Hardy will also be part of the main card. UFC 272 will take place on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The prelims will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+, and the main event will get started at 10 p.m. ET through PPV on ESPN+. Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal These are two of the top welterweights in the division. Colby Covington is currently rated the No. 1 contender, but it will probably be a while before he gets another title shot. Covington has challenged Kamaru Usman for the UFC Welterweight Championship twice in the last 27 months, and he has come up short both times. However, he has won all eight of his last ten fights aside from those two losses to the current champion. Jorge Masvidal has also lost to Kamaru Usman twice. Masvidal challenged Usman for the title at UFC 251 and UFC 261, and he lost both fights. He has impressive wins over Nate Diaz, Darren Till, and Donald Cerrone, and his knockout of Ben Askren in five seconds is a UFC record. However, he is 37 and has 15 losses in his career, so Covington has to like his chances. Rafael dos Anjos vs. Rafael Fiziev Former UFC Lightweight Championship title holder Rafael dos Anjos was not great as a welterweight. He won his first three fights at the class, setting up a title fight with Covington. However, he lost that fight and has lost four of his last six bouts. Dos Anjos returned to lightweight in November to fight Paul Felder, but he was only able to manage a split decision victory upon his return. There is a lot of potential for Rafael Fiziev to be the next star of the lightweight division. He lost his UFC debut, but he has since won five straight fights and earned either a Performance of the Night or Fight of the Night bonus in his last four tilts. Fiziev is 11-1 with seven knockouts in his MMA career. Sergey Spivak vs. Greg Hardy We heard plenty of hype surrounding Greg Hardy’s move to the UFC, but the former NFL defensive lineman has not lived up to those expectations. Hardy has lost three of his last five fights, and he was knocked out by Marcin Tybura and Tai Tuivasa the last two times he entered the Octagon. This is a big prove it fight for Hardy, as this is his final fight under his current contract with UFC. Originally, Hardy was supposed to take on Aleksei Oleinik, but Oleinik backed out of the fight in January. Sergey Spivak stepped in to replace Oleinik, and this will be a tougher opponent since Spivak has defeated both Oleinik and Tuivasa in the last three years.