A welterweight grudge match will be the main focus of the MMA world on Saturday night. In the main event of UFC 272, Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington will face off at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Follow along throughout the evening for updates on the event.
Early Prelims (6:00PM EST / 3:00PM PST) (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)
Preliminary Card (8:00PM EST / 5:00PM PST) (ESPN / TSN 5)
Main Card (10:00PM EST / 7:00PM PST) (PPV)
Bout 13: Colby Covington (16-3) vs. Jorge Masvidal (35-15) (Welterweight)
Covington Beats Masvidal By Wide Margin In Grudge Match
Colby Covington scored a win in his grudge match fight against Jorge Masvidal, securing a comfortable unanimous decision win after five rounds of competition on Saturday night (49-46, 50-44 & 50-45).
Covington had a well-rounded fight, using both his grappling skills and stand-up striking abilities to prevail over Masvidal. While Masvidal never found himself greatly hurt in the fight, he was losing round after round, making it a lopsided score by the end.
Masvidal’s best moment and potentially his sole shot of ending the bout came in the fourth round. In this frame, he was able to visible wobble Covington with a punch during a stand-up exchange. However, he failed to follow up on this moment and further hurt Covington.
The fight was marketed around the rivalry that Covington and Masvidal have gained in recent years. The former training partners seemingly continued their feud after the fight, sharing aggressive words in the cage following the final round.
Both fighters were fighting to come back from a recent loss to UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman. Masvidal had lost his last two fights to him.
Covington’s loss to Usman came in late 2021.
The victorious welterweight called out two-time lightweight title challenger Dustin Poirier in his post-fight interview.
“You said it’s on site. Name the site, Dustin [Poirier],” he said.
Bout 12: Rafael dos Anjos (30-13) vs. Renato Moicano (16-4-1) (Catchweight 160 lbs)
Dos Anjos Picks Up One-Sided Decision Against Moicano
Rafael dos Anjos had a dominant performance against short-notice opponent Renato Moicano, defeating him via unanimous decision after five rounds of action in the co-main event (49-45, 49-44 & 50-44).
The one-sided performance saw dos Anjos put damage on Moicano for five rounds, at times nearly ending the fight.
Dos Anjos spent most of the battle on the ground, taking Moicano down and landing shots from dominant positions.
Dos Anjos significantly hurt Moicano in the third round, dropping him with a head kick. Dos Anjos then spent a large portion of the round landing ground and pound.
A doctor checked on Moicano before the fourth round, as swelling to his left eye became severe. A doctor spoke to Moicano again before the final round of the fight. Referee Marc Goddard expressed concern before the fifth round, mentioning that he was considering stopping the fight.
Dos Anjos’ fight on Saturday night came after a long series of changes over the past month.
Dos Anjos was originally scheduled to face rising lightweight contender Rafael Fiziev in the main event of a February UFC “Fight Night” card. However, visa issues forced that fight to get delayed. The fight was then moved to UFC 272 but remained five rounds.
Fiziev had to pull out of this weekend’s card after testing positive for COVID-19. On just a few days’ notice, Renato Moicano stepped in. Due to the short-notice nature of the bout, it was held up at a catchweight of 160 pounds instead of the lightweight limit.
Moicano was making a quick turnaround, as he beat Alexander Hernandez just last month at UFC 271.
Bout 11: Edson Barboza (22-10) vs. Bryce Mitchell (14-0) (Featherweight)
Undefeated Mitchell Dominates Barboza In Return
Bryce Mitchell swept scorecards in his return to the octagon, defeating tough veteran Edson Barboza via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26 & 30-27).
The strong performance showed that Mitchell is able to face tough names in the featherweight division.
Mitchell scored a knockdown in the second minute of the fight, connecting with punches that hurt him. He followed up on this with a takedown that allowed him to score with ground and pound punches for a few minutes.
Mitchell continued to control the battle in the second and third rounds, taking Barboza and using these positions to land ground and pound strikes. These shots started to wear on Barboza, who was bleeding significantly by the end of the fight.
Mitchell now has six wins since joining the UFC roster in 2018. Saturday’s fight was his first appearance in over a year, with his previous bout being a decision victory against Andre Fili in October 2020.
Barboza lost his previous bout, getting finished by Giga Chikadze in a main event appearance last year.
Bout 10: Kevin Holland (21-7) vs. Alex Oliveira (22-11-1) (Welterweight)
Holland Wins Welterweight Debut, Hands Oliveira Fourth Consecutive Loss
Kevin Holland won his welterweight debut on Saturday night, stopping Alex Oliveira in the second round with ground and pound strikes. The performance earned Holland a long-overdue victory, putting him back into the winners’ circle for the first time in over a year.
Holland dropped Oliveira only moments into the second round with a right hand. Quick ground and pound shots from Holland caused Oliveira to shell up and put an end to the fight just 30 seconds into the round.
The finish came after a close first round that saw both fighters land strikes on the feet. Oliveira got Holland down late in the round. He attempted a rear naked choke to a calm Holland but wasn’t able to get the choke in before the round expired.
Holland was coming off an unsuccessful 2021 that saw him take two main event losses and a no contest result. This was in great contrast to 2020, where he was the only UFC fighter to earn five wins in the year.
Oliveira is now on a four-fight losing streak that includes three finish losses.
Bout 9: Serghei Spivac (13-3) vs. Greg Hardy (7-4) (Heavyweight)
Spivac Finishes Hardy Early With Ground and Pound
Serghei Spivac had a swift and dominant win over Greg Hardy, finishing him in the first round with ground and pound shots.
Spivac took Hardy down from a clinch position early in the fight. After battling briefly on the ground, Spivac moved into full mount and unloaded with ground and pound shots to end the bout.
The victory put Spivac back into the win column after suffering a finish loss to Tom Aspinall last year.
Bout 8: Jalin Turner (11-5) vs. Jamie Mullarkey (14-4) (Lightweight)
Turner Stops Mullarkey, Scores Fourth Consecutive Finish Win
Jalin Turner moved his winning streak to four consecutive fights on the prelims, putting away Jamie Mullarkey in the second round of a lightweight bout with punches.
Turner dropped Mullarkey in the opening minute of the second round, clipping him with a right hook. Mullarkey, who was already backed up against the cage, crumbled to the canvas due to this shot. A few ground and pound strikes later, the fight was stopped by the referee.
Turner hurt Mullarkey in the first round as well, causing him to bleed due to punches to the head.
Turner has now strung together four straight finish wins since early 2020. Two of those bouts came to an end due to strikes, with the other being submission outcomes.
Bout 7: Marina Rodriguez (15-1-2) vs. Yan Xiaonan (13-2) (Strawweight)
Rodriguez Secures Win Over Yan, Makes Case For Title Shot
Marina Rodriguez prevailed in a close stand-up battle against Yan Xiaonan, winning via split decision after three rounds on the feet (29-28 Rodriguez, 29-28 Yan & 29-28 Rodriguez).
Yan spent a large portion of the fight on her backfoot, although she was often connecting despite this. Rodriguez was always moving forward with shots, making it a back-and-forth battle.
The win secures Rodriguez as one of the top strawweights in the world. She entered this fight following a highly successful 2021 that saw her halt the momentum of many contenders and pick up two main event wins.
After her fight on Saturday, Rodriguez made her case for a bout against UFC Strawweight Champion Rose Namajunas.
“I’m ready for the belt. I’m next,” said Rodriguez in her post-fight interview.
Yan took her first UFC loss in her previous appearance, getting stopped by Carla Esparza in May 2021. Before then, she picked up six consecutive wins in the promotion.
Bout 6: Nick Negumereanu (11-1) vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu (9-2) (Light Heavyweight)
Nzechukwu Loses Split Decision To Negumereanu Following Point Deduction
Nick Negumereanu kept his winning streak alive on the prelims, defeating Kennedy Nzechukwu via split decision with widely differing scores (29-27 Nzechukwu, 29-27 Negumereanu & 29-27 Negumereanu).
The fight saw the light heavyweights engage in a back-and-forth striking battle through two rounds. Things became confusing in the final round as a deduction was added to scorecards.
Nzechukwu suffered a massive setback in the final round, as a point was taken from his score due to numerous eye pokes in the fight. The final eye poke, in particular, hurt Negumereanu and caused some to worry that the fight would end at that moment.
Despite the deduction, Nczechukwu had the better striking in the earlier rounds of the fight. According to the judges, this wasn’t enough for him to take the win.
Nzechukwu lost in his prior bout, getting finished by Jung Da-un late last year.
Bout 5: Maryna Moroz (10-3) vs. Mariya Agapova (10-2) (Flyweight)
Moroz Submits Agapova In Returning Fight
A dominant grappling performance from returning fighter Maryna Moroz came to an end in the second round, catching Mariya Agapova with an arm triangle choke for a tap.
Moroz landed numerous ground and pound shots against Agapova in the second round before ending the bout with a choke. She succeeded in the first round of the fight as well, threatening Agapova with an armbar and a rear naked choke.
The fight was Moroz’s first appearance in nearly two years. Now back into the cage, she is on a strong three-fight winning streak.
Moroz, who is Ukrainian, had an emotional post-fight interview with the support of a live audience.
“If you know, my country has [a] war right now … I’m trying because my family right now [is in] bad situations,” said Moroz in her post-fight interview.
Agapova’s UFC record is now an even two wins and two losses. Her previous appearance was in October 2021, where she submitted Sabina Mazo.
Bout 4: Umar Nurmagomedov (13-0) vs. Brian Kelleher (24-12) (Featherweight)
Undefeated Nurmagomedov Picks Up Second UFC Win
Umar Nurmagomedov had a quick win to keep his undefeated record alive, submitting short-notice opponent Brian Kelleher in the first round with a rear naked choke.
Nurmagomedov won his UFC debut in his previous appearance, submitting Sergey Morozov in early 2021.
Kelleher took the fight on short notice, stepping in to replace undefeated prospect Jack Shore. His previous bout was just last month, defeating Kevin Croom via unanimous decision.
Bout 3: Tim Elliott (17-12-1) vs. Tagir Ulanbekov (13-1) (Flyweight)
Veteran Elliott Hands Ulanbekov First Loss
Veteran Tim Elliott handed Tagir Ulanebkov his first UFC loss on the prelims, defeating him in a unanimous decision result after three rounds (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).
Elliott started strong and had to battle against a tough Ulanbekov late in the fight.
Elliott was able to hurt Ulanbekov in the first round with his striking. He came forward with a wide variety of shots, landing knees and punches to the head of Ulanbekov.
Ulanbekov put together better striking later on and also used his grappling in some exchanges. His best moment came in the final round, as he took the back of Elliott and searched for a rear naked choke.
The victory put Elliott back into the win column after losing a bout to Matheus Nicolau last year.
Bout 2: Ludovit Klein (17-4) vs. Devonte Smith (11-3) (Lightweight)
Klein Earns Short-Notice Win Against Smith At Lightweight
Ludovit Klein’s sharp striking earned him a split decision win against Devonte Smith on Saturday night (29-28 Smith, 29-28 Klein & 30-27 Klein).
Klein’s striking ability gave him a lead through the first two rounds of the bout. He struggled in the final round as cardio became a factor, allowing Smith to score with more shots. Smith also succeeded more with takedowns, getting Klein down briefly during the fight.
Klein took the fight on short notice, stepping in to replace Erick Gonzalez. He moved up a weight class for the fight after previously competing at featherweight.
The win for Klein snapped a two-fight losing streak that he took in 2021.
Smith was also coming off a loss, having been stopped by Jamie Mullarkey in his previous fight.
Bout 1: Dustin Jacoby (16-5-1) vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk (16-4) (Light Heavyweight)
Jacoby Keeps Light Heavyweight Campaign Alive
Dustin Jacoby’s rise up the light heavyweight ranks continued in the first bout on Saturday’s card, working toward a unanimous decision win against Michal Oleksiejczuk (29-28, 29-28 & 29-28).
Oleksiejczuk had a solid opening round to the fight, often moving back but staying active with strikes.
Jacoby opened the second round with a quick flurry of shots that backed Oleksiejczuk up and dropped him at one point. Jacoby’s output slowed down later on, however, he continued to lead the battle through to the end.
Jacoby’s current strong run is now a strong five wins and one draw since re-joining the UFC roster in 2020.