A Look Inside Covington vs. Masvidal

    This weekend’s main event has bad blood, intense rivalries, and a fight that has the world on the edge of its seats. It wasn’t always this way, though. Colby Covington (16-3-0 11-3-0 UFC) and Jorge Masvidal (35-15-0 17-9-0 UFC) have a storied history together worth visiting before they step into the Octagon.

    Former Training Partners

    It’s hard to believe now, but once upon a time, the two welterweight contenders were roommates. Things went sour in 2018 after Covington claimed that Masvidal was jealous of him after winning the interim strap, but “Gamebred” has a different version of events. For Jorge, it all went wrong when Covington didn’t pay a mutual coach the two trained under following his title victory. Financial situations in the UFC are difficult to navigate nowadays, and both have kept their stories the same, pushing their rivalry even further.

    Covington went as far as to accuse Masvidal of cheating on his wife. Obviously, Masvidal wasn’t too happy about that, alongside other comments Covington had made about Masvidal’s training partner at ATT, Dustin Poirier.

    Masvidal claimed to have given Covington a home while he was an amateur and climbing the ranks before his eventual professional turn, but it’s a different story in 2022.

    Credit, where it is due, goes to Sean 2 on Youtube for compiling Jorge Masvidal & Colby Covington’s old training videos.

    Masvidal’s Keys to Victory

    The current “BMF” is coming into this fight off the back of two losses to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Kamaru is the pound for pound number 1 in the world right now, though, so there is no shame in that. Masvidal needs to enter this fight with a clear head and not get emotional inside the octagon. On more than one occasion, he has referred to the fight as personal, so it would be concerning to see that carry over into action.

    Striking is also very important in this one. Masvidal possesses debilitating kicks when delivered correctly, and has some power in his hands at welterweight. One only needs to look at his knockout of Darren Till to see that he carries some power with his punch. His elbows, as well, stand out.

    Masvidal operates with an adapted Muay Thai style, using his long-range shots to set up his pocket boxing and elbows. Throwing at a distance keeps him away from Colby’s wrestling pressure, but he also needs to be aware of Covington’s counter wrestling in these exchanges.

    Covington’s Keys to Victory

    On the other side of Masvidal, Covington’s strength lies in his wrestling. Underutilized in his 2 losses to Usman, Covington has a smothering pressure game that he has used time and time again to shut his opponents out. If he can tie up with Masvidal and carry that weight onto the floor, it’s going to be a long night for “Street Jesus”.

    Mentioning Covington’s duo of battles with the champion, it is worth mentioning that his striking has vastly improved. While it may not be on par with Masvidal’s power and placement, Covington could take inspiration from greats such as GSP and Khabib Nurmagomedov to use his strikes to set up a clinch/takedown.

    Once on the ground, Covington is like a fish in water. Pummeling his opponents and controlling position, “chaos” is very comfortable in that department. Utilizing his wrestling to shut out Masvidal’s distance pressure would be a best-case scenario for Colby come fight night.

    Two Former Roomates Meet this Weekend

    When two people know each other, it can make for an interesting fight. These two aren’t just adversaries: they have shared a home. Each will look to exploit the other’s weaknesses, taking any advantage they can. It is likely to be a personal war that sees two warriors go nose to nose and finally get to settle a years-long beef in front of thousands watching, and we can’t wait!

    The two will meet at UFC 272 on the 5th of March, putting the talking to a side and putting some action behind the words. Will “Chaos” score the W, or will “Street Jesus” be resurrected? Not long until we find out!

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