Covington relied on his wrestling mastery to control the fight over 25 minutes of action in Las Vegas
Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal were once dear companions before their relationship soured and the pair went through years exchanging insults in interviews. On Saturday night, the pair met in the headliner of UFC 272 from Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, with Covington crushing his direction to a wide consistent choice success by scores of 49-46, 50-44 and 50-45.
Masvidal opened the battle with a wild flying kick, yet the two men immediately eased back their speed into a more strategic methodology before Masvidal landed leg kicks that seemed to irritate Covington, prompting a takedown assault as Masvidal whined of an eye jab.
While Masvidal kept fending off the takedown endeavors, Covington gradually attempted to keep hauling him down, ultimately taking the back and working into predominant positions. Masvidal got his offense moving in a more sure bearing in the second round, handling a few strong kicks and opening a cut close to Covington’s eye with a sharp elbow. Covington, in the interim, stayed focused on a hooking assault, involving his striking to close distance in quest for starting secures.
The takedown came a lot more straightforward for Covington in Round 3, establishing Masvidal along the enclosure with a twofold leg. That set up the round for Covington to rule essentially the entire five-minute edge with ground and pound. Crafted by Covington in the third round extended into the early piece of Round 4, obviously draining the energy of Masvidal.
In any case, Masvidal handled a devastating right hand that made Covington stagger in reverse and momentarily take a knee.
Sadly for Masvidal, he didn’t have the gas left in the tank to follow up subsequent to scoring the greatest single shot of the battle and Covington had the option to recuperate before the round came to a nearby.
Covington drained the dramatization out of the last round by blitzing forward and bringing Masvidal down. Whenever he’d got tightly to Masvidal’s body, Covington didn’t give up, covering each endeavor by Masvidal to return the battle once again to the feet and essentially crushing away the seconds to get to the scorecards.
It wasn’t the determined completion many might want to see from such an intensely advertised battle, and after the scorecards were perused, a disheartened Masvidal had to concede that his wrestling “wasn’t on the money.”
Covington would not examine the battle in his short post-battle interview. All things considered, he directed his concentration toward his next wanted fight. Knowing that, as Masvidal, he’d as of now experienced two misfortunes to current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, Covington got down on a previous break lightweight winner.
“I just dealt with Miami road junk presently it is the right time to deal with Louisiana swamp waste,” Covington said. “Where you at, Dustin Poirier? You said it’s without hesitation. Name the site, Dustin. … You’re straightaway.”
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UFC 272 card and results
Colby Covington def. Jorge Masvidal through consistent choice (49-46, 50-44, 50-45)
Rafael dos Anjos versus Renato Moicano through consistent choice (49-45, 49-44, 50-44)
Bryce Mitchell def. Edson Barboza through consistent choice (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)
Kevin Holland def. Alex Oliveira through second-round TKO (punches)
Serghei Spivac def. Greg Hardy through first-round TKO (punches)
Jalin Turner def. Jamie Mullarkey through second-round TKO (punches)
Marina Rodriguez def. Yan Xiaonan by means of parted choice (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Nicolae Negumereanu def. Kennedy Nzechukwu through split choice (29-27, 27-29, 29-27)
Maryna Moroz def. Mariya Agapova by means of second-round accommodation (head and arm stifle)
Umar Nurmagomedov def. Brian Kelleher by means of first-round accommodation (back stripped stifle)
Tim Elliott def. Tagir Ulanbekov by means of consistent choice (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
L’udovit Klein def. Devonte Smith by means of parted choice (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Dustin Jacoby def. Michal Oleksiejczuk by means of consistent choice (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)