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    Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal to Headline UFC 272 on March 5


    The Ultimate Fighting Championship has been forced to call an
    audible for its March 5 pay-per-view event.

    UFC chief business officer Hunter Campbell confirmed to promotion
    broadcast partner
    ESPN
    that a five-round non-title bout between Colby
    Covington
    and Jorge
    Masvidal
    will headline
    UFC 272
    at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The card was originally
    supposed to feature two title bouts — Alexander
    Volkanovski
    vs Max
    Holloway
    and Aljamain
    Sterling
    vs. Petr Yan — but
    Holloway withdrew from the featherweight title trilogy and the
    Sterling-Yan bantamweight championship rematch was postponed.

    Covington and Masvidal have history as former American Top Team
    training partners, but what was once a friendship has devolved into
    a bitter rivalry in recent years. Covington has since relocated to
    MMA Masters, while Masvidal remains at ATT.

    Covington last appeared at UFC 268, where he dropped a competitive
    five-round verdict to Kamaru
    Usman
    in a welterweight title bout on Nov. 6. It was
    Covington’s second defeat to Usman in a championship fight, as he
    also fell to the “Nigerian Nightmare” at UFC 245 in December 2019.
    Overall, Covington is 11-3 in the Octagon with victories over
    Demian
    Maia
    , Rafael dos
    Anjos
    , Robbie
    Lawler
    and Tyron
    Woodley
    to his credit.

    Masvidal, meanwhile, was supposed to face Leon
    Edwards
    at UFC 269 in December but was forced to withdraw from
    the bout due to injury. Prior to that, “Gamebred” came up short
    against Usman in title fights at UFC 251 via decision and at UFC
    261 via second-round KO.



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