Former interim UFC welterweight champion, Colby Covington has opened as a betting favorite over arch-rival, Jorge Masvidal ahead of the pair’s UFC 272 headliner on March 5. at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Reports emerged last night, detailing how a high-stakes welterweight showdown between Covington and Masvidal had been verbally agreed to for UFC 272 on March 5. – however, contracts for the bout has yet to be signed by either party. The bout is slated to take main event status at the event.
Clovis native, Covington most recently featured at UFC 268 in November at Madison Square Garden, dropping a second career defeat against current welterweight best, Kamaru Usman in a unanimous decision loss.
For Masvidal, the Floridian’s most recent outing came against Usman where he suffered a massive second round knockout loss to the Auchi native a second title challenge in the main event of UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Per online sportsbook, BetOnline.ag – Covington, who currently sits at #1 in the official welterweight pile, is sat as a -300 betting favorite over the #6 ranked, Masvidal – who opens as a betting underdog at +250.
In his most recent win between losses to Usman, MMA Masters trainee, Covington managed to secure an eventual fifth round TKO win over former welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley – after the St. Louis veteran suffered a rib injury during their September 2020 headliner.
For Masvidal, before his pair of respective losses to Usman, the American Top Team staple embarked on a three-fight winning run – which was capped off by a symbolic BMF championship clash against Nate Diaz at UFC 244 in November 2019.
Masvidal was slated to return to the Octagon at UFC 269 last month in a potential welterweight title-eliminator against the #3 ranked, Leon Edwards, suffering an undisclosed injury in the run-up to the fight, resulting in his withdrawal from the main card clash.
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