Colby Covington preferred to Jorge Masvidal

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Colby Covington is set to beat Jorge Masvidal in their long-awaited grudge match at UFC 272, at least according to punters.

Covington (16-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) and Masvidal (35-15 MMA, 12-8 UFC) were once roommates and frequent training partners at the American Top Team in South Florida. The relationship evaporated, however, when the pair turned on each other as they made parallel climbs to the top of the UFC welterweight division.

Ultimately, Covington split from ATT and joined the MMA Masters in Miami, but the split only made things more personal between them, with some deep verbal attacks exchanged in interviews and on social networks.

It will all come to a head on March 5 when Covington meets Masvidal in the UFC 272 main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The opening bet odds, according to Tipico Sportsbook, have Covington as the favorite of -330, meaning a $ 330 bet on “Chaos” would net $ 100 in return. Masvidal, meanwhile, is a +260 underdog, meaning that a $ 100 bet on “Gamebred” would net $ 260 in return.

Covington, No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports / MMA Junkie welterweight standings, just lost the title to Kamaru Usman at UFC 268 in November. It was the second time he had unsuccessfully challenged Usman for the belt, but the 33-year-old gave the champion his toughest test in both encounters.

Covington will try to launch the file of a third title against Masvidal, the No.9 who pursues the same thing. Masvidal was recently pulled out of back-to-back title defeats against Usman, the latter coming by knockout at UFC 261 in April.

The 37-year-old was supposed to fight Leon Edwards in December’s UFC 269 event in what would have been another long-awaited grudge match, but he was forced to retire with a rib injury.

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