When the smoke had settled, the dust cleared, the UFC 272 main event between Colby Covington and Jorge Masivdal was a fun fight. One that, for the most part, lived up to expectations, even if it went more or less as expected.
It was heated at times. There was no love lost. But Covington’s wrestling made all the difference, and his chin saved the day when “Gamebred” tagged him in the fourth round. A lesser fighter, or lesser chin, and the fight might have been over right then.
Instead, Covington pushed onward and upward, dominating the fifth round to claim a one-sided unanimous decision. Both men, however, would share in the Fight of the Night bonus, announced by UFC President Dana White following the event.
Performance of the Night bonuses, meanwhile, went to Maryna Moroz and Kevin Holland.
Flyweight Moroz was in a grudge match of her own on Saturday, having accused opponent and former teammate Mariya Agapova of drug use, threats, and stalking. Agapova in turn called her out, but it was Ukraine’s Moroz getting the last laugh, and an extra $50,000 for her submission of Agapova.
Kevin Holland wound up in a wild fight with Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira on the main card, in what was Holland’s first welterweight fight under the UFC banner. After looking sloppy in the opening round, and finishing it caught in an Oliveira choke, Holland wasted no time turning the tables in the second, dropping Oliveira and moving in for the kill, via TKO.
Attendance at the T-Mobile Arena on Saturday was 19,425, resulting in a 6.76 million USD gate.