There was certainly a massive hullabaloo ahead of tonight’s UFC 272 press conference featuring main event attractions, Colby Covington, and Jorge Masvidal. And quite frankly, onlookers, attendees and spectators should have really calmed their expectations.
From the outset, and really throughout, Covington, and Masvidal argued over trivial topics, including constant questioning of what makes a bill a law, political stance, and on occasions, whom former United States president, Donald Trump preferred most between the two.
Really, reality television host, Maury Povich would not have looked out of place on stage tonight in place of promotional president, Dana White. Covington – sporting an outlandish head-to-toe white suit complete – almost reminiscent of Las Vegas-era Elvis Presley, fired off expletives at Masvidal on cue, who encouraged him consistently to help sell the pay-per-view card, considering claims from Covington that he would not be earning pay-per-views points despite his headlining billing.
Making his way to the conference, briefcase in tow, Masvidal produced a Panini collectors card of Covington – with the former interim champion’s face burned out, as well as a built-in monitor – which played various videos from the briefcase. Bizarre.
It’s obvious: Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal both share a severe disdain for one another, but beyond both inaudible or plain inconsequential arguments at tonight’s presser – Saturday night can’t come soon enough. And that’s not necessarily for sheer anticipation of the fight and the stylistic puzzle each man brings to the T-Mobile Arena, but more so that these two can get business underway and done, finally – hopefully closing the book on this whole hoopla.
Fielding numerous questions from the media in between back-and-forth squabbles, Covington and Masvidal eventually squared off with UFC security officials, the above mentioned, White, and members of the Las Vegas Metro PD circulating proceedings, with distance kept throughout.
The press conference format, content, and circus it seems to attract in recent years – most definitely in the last 24 months at least, has been the subject of much discourse in the sport’s community. And tonight’s display from both Covington and Masvidal ahead of UFC 272, in my estimations, likely won’t go a long way in changing many’s opinions on these recent, needless showcases pre-fight.