Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal. Photos: Vincent Carchietta, Steve Flynn USA Today Sports

UFC 272 Features a Long-Awaited Grudge Bout: Jorge Masvidal vs. Colby Covington

Former roommates Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington's feud has finally come to fruition.

MMA Fighting has learned from multiple sources familiar with the promotion’s planning that the welterweight stars will headline UFC 272 on March 5 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with verbal agreements in place from the fighters. The match was first announced by UFCs matchmaker and CBO Hunter Campbell on ESPN.

Previously, the spring pay-per-view was supposed to include a bantamweight championship unifier between undisputed champion Aljamain Sterling and interim (and former undisputed) champion Petr Yan. The title fight is expected to be pushed to UFC 273 on April 9 due to the promotion’s announcement of the welterweight headliner.

Masvidal teased a bout with No. 2 ranked Covington on Twitter late last week, claiming it was the fourth effort to schedule the fight. “Don’t p*ssy out now,” he said, calling Covington a “f*cking coward.”

Masvidal and Covington have a lengthy history both inside and beyond the octagon, and they meet at a critical juncture in their respective careers. Masvidal lost two fights to champion Kamaru Usman this year, one by decision and the other by brutal knockout, and Covington lost a decision to Usman after a TKO loss in 2019.

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