UFC 272: COVINGTON vs MASVIDAL aired live in Asia on Sunday, March 6 from the sold-out T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fights were tough, gritty, thrilling and emotional from start to finish, capped off by two incredible five-rounders.
The heated rivalry between #1 welterweight contender Colby Covington and #6 Jorge Masvidal finally played out in the Octagon. Covington utilized his bread-and-butter wrestling, and Masvidal chipped away with leg kicks and strikes. In a thrilling fourth round, Covington unloaded a barrage and Masvidal returned with a near knockdown. It lasted until the final bell, and Covington had done everything needed to dominate and get the win.
"I just took out Miami... now it's time to take out Louisiana... Where are you at, Poirier? You said, 'It's on sight', well name the site... I'll see you soon. You're next!",” Covington said.
Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos delivered a grueling grappling ground control offense to Renato Moicano, and landed a head kick that nearly spelled the end in round three.
Although Moicano took the fight on one week's notice, he was able to tough it out all the way through the special 5-round fight and end strong, but Dos Anjos could not be denied. After getting his hand raised after the unanimous decision.
"Thank you to Moicano... he took the fight on five days' notice. It was hard for him but hard for me as well because I was training to fight Fiziev, a Muay Thai fighter, and Moicano has an excellent ground game. The division is crazy right now. I think I have the most hours in the Octagon... after five rounds, I think I'm leading that rank. I wish Masvidal wins and I get to fight him for the BMF belt,” Dos Anjos added.
China's Yan Xiaonan, #4 strawweight contender, showed massive improvement in every way against #3 Marina Rodriguez. Yan's counter-striking was on point, her wrestling was grinding, and her movement was brilliant, but Rodriguez consistently upped her striking output throughout the bout, and it earned her the close split decision victory.
Bryce Mitchell, #11 featherweight, leapfrogged the rankings over #10 Edson Barboza by keeping him on the ground and dominating him there for all three rounds en route to a unanimous decision.
In a lightning fast performance of knockdowns and super scrambles, Kevin Holland made a successful debut in his drop into the welterweight division with a stunning second round TKO over Charles Oliveira.
Lightweight prospect Jalin Turner used all of his 190cm frame to batter Jamie Mullarkey with punches and knees, bloodying him and halting the Australian in the second round by TKO.
Highly-touted featherweight prospect Umar Nurmagomedov improved to 14-0 with impressive striking and grappling exchanges that led to a first-round submission over veteran Brian Kelleher.
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