Masvidal has the tools to steal the fight from Covington

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has given his thoughts on the upcoming UFC 272 main event between his former opponents Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington.

After 2022’s blockbuster headliners at UFC 270 and 271, which saw a heavyweight unification showdown in California and a long-awaited middleweight rematch in Houston, Las Vegas is set to host the first main event at the untitled card of the year.

At the top of the UFC 272 card, scheduled for this Saturday, March 5, will be two former friends and teammates turned bitter rivals who seem to boast as much bad blood between them as any feud in the UFC right now. moment.

Heading into this weekend’s welterweight collision, many have rightly called the headliner a classic grappler vs. striker contest. Usman is a man who has faced various attacks from Masvidal and Covington.

After defeating both men twice, “The Nigerian Nightmare” is in a unique position to provide analysis and breakdown of the third PPV main event of the year. He did just that while on duty at UFC Vegas 49 this past weekend.

Discussing Masvidal’s skills, Usman suggested that “Gamebred” had all the tools to combat Covington’s imposing wrestling game and land damaging blows on the feet.

“I think he (Masvidal) can potentially win this fight because one thing about Masvidal is he’s one of the only guys that in his position, he’s so big in his position,” he said. Usman said. “But he is able to defend takedowns from some of the best wrestlers. He is very, very good; his typing is so relaxed and fast, and if he’s able to hit you, it might not be as hard, but he can hit that button and turn off the lights.

“To be able to walk through the Octagon in five seconds and land a knee like that (against Ben Askren) just shows the different level of athleticism,” Usman continued. “He’s an athlete, he’s a skilled striker, he’s a skilled fighter, and he definitely has the tools to be able to land that shot to steal that fight from Covington.”

Usman: Masvidal won’t be as easy to take down as Covington thinks

The main narrative heading into UFC 272 fight week is the story between the two headliners. After training together, getting stuck together, and living together, Masvidal and Covington head into their grudge match with perhaps more information than they’ve ever had on an opponent.

But despite that, Usman thinks the two may be underestimating each other’s growth since their unceremonious split.

The reigning welterweight king suggested that Masvidal would be much harder to take down than Covington anticipated, a sentiment which he says applies across the cage to Masvidal’s expectations as well.

“One thing I will say is that I think in this fight Colby is going to find that it’s harder to beat Masvidal in a real fight than when they were in training,” Usman suggested. . “I know in his mind he’s going to expect it to be like it was when they trained. But they’ve spent time apart now, and I think he’s going to find that it’s a lot harder to beat him in a fight than in training.

“And Masvidal, on the other hand, he’s going to realize that it’s a lot harder to hit with this guy now than when I was beating him when he came into the sport,” Usman concluded. .

Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington

While the predictions may be divided and the outcome up in the air, one thing is certain as we enter fight week: we’re set for an animosity-fueled and hostile pre-fight build. For those attending Thursday’s press conference, it is undoubtedly a tantalizing prospect.

Who do you think will have their hands raised in the main event of UFC 272, Colby Covington or Jorge Masvidal?

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