UFC 272: Matchups To Make

    ByElliott Nash

    Mar 8, 2022

    UFC 272 saw a stacked card take place in front of a Las Vegas crowd. Featuring a grudge match between former friends and teammates, Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal. Here, we take a look at what could be next for the winners and losers of the night.

    Colby Covington – Winner

    Putting on a heavy wrestling show, ‘Chaos’ Colby Covington overruled ex-best friend Jorge Masvidal, taking him down 6 times and controlling him for over 15 minutes. While a few shakey moments, it was a near-perfect performance for the cardio king who maintains the belief that he is the best in the division – despite losing twice to current champ Kamaru Usman. Colby seems to have his eye set on yet another ex-training partner, this being the Lightweight Dustin Poirier.

    While that fight seems somewhat unlikely due to Poirier recently ruling it out on the basis of not wanting Colby to use his name for money, a fight against the winner of Gilbert Burns and Khamzat Chimaev seems to be the appropriate next step, while Kamaru Usman is out with a hand injury and Leon Edwards seems content to wait for his shot at the title against him.

    Rafael Dos Anjos – Winner

    Taking up the offer to fight a short notice opponent against Renato Moicano, RDA looked as classy as ever as he fluttered his opponent with his takedowns, punches and kicks, bloodying the face of his Brazilian foe. With things looking particularly bad in the 4th and 5th round, it almost looked as if Dos Anjos did everything he could to beat Moicano without putting his opponent in any more distress. Despite showing interest in the Welterweight main event, it seems like staying at Lightweight seems to be the more sensible plan for him.

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    Fights such as Islam Makhachev is always there (despite him being lined up to fight Beneil Dariush and that fight already failing to materialise), or his original opponent Rafael Fiziev could be his next step in the 155 division. RDA has also claimed that the time is right to finally face Conor McGregor, so could we see him welcome the Irishman back to the octagon?

    Bryce Mitchell – Winner

    With arguably the best performance of the night, Mitchell showed no fear against the intimidating kickboxer Edson Barboza, who looked more than happy to exchange blows at several points during the fight. With a predominantly wrestling gameplan, Mitchell took down and sliced up his opponent, making a massive statement in the Featherweight division.

    A next step for him could look like someone such as Giga Chikadze or Josh Emmett in the near future.

    Kevin Holland – Winner

    Finally back in the winning column, Holland overcame a dodgy first few minutes against his opponent where he looked a little inpatient to get the job done early. Capturing a hilarious picture of him showing two thumbs up whilst being choked, ‘Big Mouth’ whacked his way back into winning ways as the crowd cheered in sheer delight.

    Now at Welterweight as opposed to Middleweight, he called out Cowboy Cerrone or Daniel Rodriguez which certainly seems like fun, with Rodriguez being the more realistic avenue.

    Sergey Spivak – Winner

    One of the more mysterious fighters on the card, the Moldovan giant looked like he had fun against Greg Hardy as he captured the win against him in the early stages in the first round, due to ground and pound. Nicknamed the ‘Polar Bear’ , Spivak was the unlikely showman of UFC 272 as he simply says in the post fight interview that he’ll fight whoever, regardless of name or status. That being said, the heavyweight division is in an interesting rebuilding stage so a predicted opponent may be slightly difficult.

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    A fight against someone looking to bounce back, such as Derrick Lewis could make sense next.

    Jorge Masvidal – Loser

    Now on a worrying 3 fight losing skid, ‘Gamebred’ was dominated by the wrestling of Colby, who seemed to smother him throughout the 5 round fight. Clearly never going to be near a title fight again as long as Usman is on top, the hope for Masvidal is he finds an opponent who’s more willing to stand up and strike with him, outside of the upper rankings of the Welterweight division. But with Masvidal reportedly signing a contract which puts him in the top 3 most paid athletes in the UFC, it becomes a mystery in what steps they take next.

    Finalising the rematch against Nate Diaz may seem appropriate, considering the last fight for the BMF was cut short due to doctor stoppage or, finalising the beef between him and Leon Edwards, who were recorded getting into a scrap in London of March 2019, could make sense. If not, a large (but highly unlikely) super fight against Conor Mcgregor may be on the cards. Conor is looking to put on weight and is following a path similar to Masvidal as far as form is concerned.

    Renato Moicano – Loser

    Unfortunately for Moicano, it just wasn’t his night as he looked out of depth against the ex-Lightweight champion opponent. Visually frustrated with himself for not capturing the win, Moicano shouldn’t take this too much to heart as he can fall back on the fact it was a VERY short notice fight and he still maintained toughness and heart until the final bell.

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    A possible fight against last week’s defeated opponent, Joel Alvarez could be one to look out for.

    Edson Barboza – Loser

    The Brazilian icon came up second best this weekend against his ruthless opponent and has only collected 2 wins in his last seven fights. Looking as if he’s on his way out due to his rumoured weight cutting issues and weakening chin, we may only see Barboza in the octagon just a few more times before he calls it quits.

    Someone who would suit the position the Brazilian kicker is in at the moment would be Billy Quarantillo who is always up for a scrap.

    Alex Oliveira – Loser

    Now on a 4 fight losing streak, it unfortunately may be time to say goodbye to the likeable joyous ‘Cowboy’ Oliveira. Suffering 3 finishes inside of those last 4, it’ll be hard to find an opponent who could restore the form Oliveria is in without looking outside of the UFC roster. By no means a definitive answer on what happens next to the entertainer, we certainly hope he fights again because he wants to, not because he has to.

    Greg Hardy – Loser

    Much has been said for Hardy, but it’s fair to say his UFC run has failed to live up to any expectations. Looking as big as a Heavyweight could possibly get, Spivak was a nightmare opponent for him as he was ragdolled all around in the first round.

    With that fight being the last contract, I think it’s fair to say goodbye.