Jorge Masvidal vs Colby Covington tale of the tape: How fierce rivals compare ahead of huge UFC 272 grudge match
15th January 2022

JORGE MASVIDAL and Colby Covington are finally on course to settle their long-running feud.

The two-time welterweight title challengers will collide on March 5 in the main event of what promises to be a blockbuster UFC 272 card in Las Vegas.



Masvidal and Covington used to be the best of friends before a highly-publicised falling out in 2018, which has led to several backs and forths.

Fan favourite Masvidal accused Covington of not paying one of his coaches for training him for his interim welterweight title fight with Rafael dos Anjos in June 2018.

The war of words ahead of the pair's long-awaited showdown will no doubt provide fireworks ahead of their T-Mobile Arena tussle.

And the fact they know one another so intimately inside and outside of the cage makes for a fascinating match-up.

So with that, SunSport thought it'd only be right to break down what promises to be one of the biggest fights of 2022.

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Age

Father Time is on the side of the brash and divisive Covington, who will turn 34 on February 22.

Fan favourite Masvidal is almost Covington's senior by four years having celebrated his 37th birthday on November 12.

Physical

Both men stand just shy of six feet at 5'11, although the longer limbs are possessed by BMF Masvidal.

Gambred boasts a 74-inch reach, while Covington's arms only stretch out 72 inches.

That advantage could prove to be key for slick striker Masvidal in his bid to hit Covington before he shoots for takedowns.

Experience

Masvidal trounces Covington in the experience department having had a whopping 50 professional mixed martial arts fights.

The Miami mauler has more than DOUBLE the number of wins his former training partner has to his name, having had his hand raised 36 times in comparison to Covington's 16.

Form

Both men are currently in the skid column following unsuccessful bids to dethrone welterweight king Kamaru Usman.

Masvidal endured consecutive defeats to The Nigerian Nightmare in July 2020 and April 2021, the latter of which saw him suffer a brutal second-round KO loss.

Covington, meanwhile, came up short against Usman last November in their UFC 268 rematch, which he lost via unanimous decision.


What they've said

In a brief text to ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto, Covington said of Masvidal: "He better f***ing show up."

Following the official announcement of the bout, the former interim 170lbs champ said: "Street Judas gets buried in Sin City March 5th."

Last April, Masvidal said of his former friend: "Colby is that one person, and I always say this, that wherever I see him it's a free pay-per-view right there.

"And he knows that. I got kicked out of the gym for trying to assault him one time.

"And then I used to go to the spots he used to frequent a lot and got the police called on me."

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