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In what has been called “the grudge match to end all grudge matches,” welterweights Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal – once teammates, best friends and even roommates, now bitter rivals – will headline UFC 272: Covington vs. Masvidal live from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas exclusively on ESPN+ PPV on Saturday, March 5, at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.
ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+ (English and Spanish) will carry the Prelims at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with Early Prelims on ESPN+ (English and Spanish) at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT. Live coverage includes UFC Live presented by DraftKings Sportsbook: Covington vs. Masvidal that airs Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and will provide fans with exclusive insights and views on the biggest stories heading into UFC 272. There will also be a live edition of the show on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on ABC.
Just a few years ago, No. 1 contender Colby Covington (16-3) and No. 6 Jorge Masvidal (35-15,) were teammates on American Top Team in Florida. Not only were the welterweights best friends, but roommates as well. Things began to change between them and by 2020 tensions on the team and between the two had escalated, and Covington was kicked off the team. Since then, they have exchanged barbs, and on Saturday they will exchange punches. Covington is 8-2 in his last 10 matches and is a former NCAA All-American wrestler at Oregon State. Masvidal is known as a heavy hitter who can instantly end a bout. In fact, he holds the UFC record for quickest win – five seconds at UFC 239.
In the new co-main event former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos (30-13) takes on Renato Moicano (16-4). Dos Anjos owns notable victories over Nate Diaz and former champions Robbie Lawler, Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis. His last time out, he edged Paul Felder in November 2020. Moicano, who just fought on February 12 in UFC 271, accepted the fight this week after Rafael Fiziev was forced to withdraw because of a positive COVID test. He has quickly made an impact since moving up to lightweight, winning three of four fights. The five-round bout will take place at a 160-pound catchweight.
Jon Anik will call the action, joined by UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping and Joe Rogan. Megan Olivi will handle reporting duties. All coverage in Spanish will be handled by Victor Davis with analysts Brandon Moreno and Santiago Ponzinibbio.
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