The cancellation of the UFC 272 fight between Alexander Volkanovski and Max Holloway has caused a lot of controversy within the UFC. Namely, apart from the fact that Volkanovski, regardless of the opponent, will be transferred to fight in another event, the UFC will do the same with another big fight planned for the same event, the one between Aljamain Sterling and Petar Yan.
They did all this to create space for the show’s new main fight, one that has been awaited for a long time. Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington, former teammates of the American Top Team and best friends, will turn their broken relationship into a fight on March 5 in Las Vegas.
Today, they are two former double failed challengers of Kamaru Usman, but also fighters who are better off not getting close to each other. Except behind the closed doors of the Octagon. This pairing was confirmed by UFC chief attorney Hunter Campbell during a guest appearance on ESPN.
This just proves that Masvidal (35-15, 12-8 UFC) is probably the only man in the UFC alongside Conor McGregor who can lead some PPV show with a fight that isn’t for the championship belt. He already did that when he fought Nate Diaz at Madison Square Garden, and now he only confirms it.
He is actually a man who paid off his long martial arts career when in 2019 he finally found himself in the right place at the right time. The British knockout against Darren Till and the sequel to the backstage with "three piece and a soda" delivered to Leon Edwards he perfectly upgraded with the fastest knockout in UFC history against Ben Askren, and then took the "BMF" title in the aforementioned fight against Diaz.
He fought once in the last two years, both times unsuccessfully against Usman, but the fights have been a great financial success. Colby Covington (16-3, 11-3 UFC) is a fighter to whom Jorge Masvidal actually opened the doors of his home when he first arrived on the team and later became great friends who were often seen together.
Relationships broke when they both became potential candidates for the title, that is, when Colby was already a former interim champion at the time, and Jorge within the aforementioned series of impressive victories. What at first seemed like a harmless call-out turned into fierce intolerance over time.
As for insults and derogatory names, we have to admit that Colby is convincingly at the forefront. Colby Covington is otherwise still convinced that he should have won in both fights against Usman. Although you don't have to agree with that, but you probably don't have to agree either, the fact is that he left a much better impression than Masvidal, who was defeated in the first fight by a convincing referee's decision and knocked out in the second.