UFC 272 Results: Colby Covington Dominates Jorge Masvidal, Calls Out Dustin Poirier
“I just took care of Miami street trash, now it’s time to take care of Louisiana swamp trash,” said Covington after the win.
Colby Covington made beating Jorge Masvidal look easy.
The No. 1-ranked UFC welterweight contender battled his former training partner and roommate the main event of Saturday’s UFC 272 card in Las Vegas. It was billed as one of the most heated grudge matches in UFC history, and it was preceded by all the pre-fight trash talk a fan could handle.
In the end, Covington was totally dominant, completing 6 of 15 takedown attempts to rack up over 16 minutes of control time on the mat. Masvidal was not without success, notably stinging Covington with a fourth-round right hand, but ultimately had no answer for his rival’s wrestling, pace and cardio.
By the time five rounds was up, it was a clear unanimous decision for Covington.
In victory, the trash-talking welterweight star rebounded from a decision loss to reigning welterweight champ Kamaru Usman—his second setback to the champion. That makes another title shot unlikely for the moment, but he has plenty of other options, including another grudge match opposite lightweight contender Dustin Poirier, whom he called out in his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan.
“I just took care of Miami street trash, now it’s time to take care of Louisiana swamp trash,” Covington said. “You said it’s on sight. Name the site, Dustin.”
Masvidal, meanwhile, is now on a three-fight skid, including two losses to Usman. At 37, his future is murky, but he seems determined to continue fighting.
UFC 272 was headlined by a 160-pound catchweight fight between former lightweight king Rafael dos Anjos and former featherweight contender Renato Moicano, both of Brazil. The fight, which was inexplicably contested over five rounds despite being neither a title fight nor main event, was put together on just four days’ notice, when Dos Anjos’ original opponent, Kyrgyz striker Rafael Fiziev, tested positive for Covid-19.
Just like Covington, Moicano made it look easy, walloping his foe to a clear-cut unanimous decision. It was an impressive performance, but the main talking point after the fight was Moicano’s insane toughness. The former featherweight was nearly finished on several occasions, buy managed to stay in the fight for all 25 minutes—with a little leniency from referee Marc Goddard.
Elsewhere on the main card, we witnessed a big win from Arkansas’ Bryce Mitchell. The undefeated featherweight, who is as famous for nearly destroying his manhood with a drill as he is for his fighting ability, grappled his way to a decision win over Brazilian knockout artist Edson Barboza.
Before Mitchell got to work, fan favorite finisher Kevin Holland made a successful move from middleweight to welterweight, nailing Alex Oliveira to the canvas with a procession of second-round ground strikes.
The UFC 272 main card was kicked off by a heavyweight fight between Moldovan grappler Sergey Spivak and former NFL star Greg Hardy. Spivak cut through Hardy like a hot knife through butter, grounding and pounding his rival to a first-round stop.
Spivak set himself for more big opportunities in the heavyweight division. The Hardy experiment, on the other hand, seems to have reached its obvious conclusion, as the former football player has now lost his last three fights—all by stoppage, all before the third round. Time will tell if the UFC sends him packing or keeps him around a little longer due to his lingering NFL fame.
It was also announced during the UFC 272 broadcast that former lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov will be inducted into the Modern Wing of the UFC Hall of Fame.
The former champion retired after a submission win over Justin Gaethje in 2020, hanging up the gloves with a flawless 29-0 pro record. He also holds wins over the likes of Conor McGregor, Poirier, and dos Anjos.