|UFC 272: Covington vs. Masvidal|
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||March 5, 2022|
|City||Paradise, Nevada, United States|
UFC 272: Covington vs. Masvidal was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship that took place on March 5, 2022, at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, part of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Area, United States.
A UFC Featherweight Championship trilogy bout between current champion Alexander Volkanovski and former champion Max Holloway was originally expected to headline the event. The pairing first met at UFC 245, where Volkanovski defeated Holloway via unanimous decision to capture the title. Their second meeting took place at UFC 251, with Volkanovski successfully defending the title via split decision (a result which was met with controversy by fans, fellow fighters, and media outlets alike). However, two days after the trilogy announcement, Holloway withdrew due to an aggravated previous injury. He was replaced by former title challenger Chan Sung Jung and the bout was moved to UFC 273 on April 9.
A UFC Bantamweight Championship title unification rematch between current champion Aljamain Sterling and former champion/current interim title holder Petr Yan was expected to take place at this event. The pairing previously met at UFC 259, with Sterling winning the title by disqualification (intentional illegal knee strike) in the fourth round, becoming the first fighter to win a UFC title by disqualification. The rematch was initially expected to take place at UFC 267, however Sterling withdrew from the contest due to lingering neck issues and an interim title bout between Yan and Cory Sandhagen was set. The UFC then opted to move the pairing from this event to UFC 273.
A five round lightweight bout between former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos and Rafael Fiziev was originally scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night: Walker vs. Hill, but it was postponed to this event due to visa issues with Fiziev. However, Fiziev was forced to withdraw due to testing positive for COVID-19. He was replaced by Renato Moicano on just 4 days notice at a catchweight of 160 pounds.
A lightweight bout between Devonte Smith and Erick Gonzalez was scheduled for the event. However, Gonzalez was forced to withdraw from the event due to a foot injury. He was replaced by Ľudovít Klein.
Former UFC Women's Flyweight Championship challenger Jessica Eye was expected to face Manon Fiorot in a women's flyweight bout at the event. However, a week before the event, Eye withdrew due to injury and the bout was cancelled.
|Welterweight||Colby Covington||def.||Jorge Masvidal||Decision (unanimous) (49–46, 50–44, 50–45)||5||5:00|
|Catchweight (160 lb)||Rafael dos Anjos||def.||Renato Moicano||Decision (unanimous) (49–45, 49–44, 50–44)||5||5:00|
|Featherweight||Bryce Mitchell||def.||Edson Barboza||Decision (unanimous) (30–25, 30–26, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Welterweight||Kevin Holland||def.||Alex Oliveira||TKO (elbows)||2||0:38|
|Heavyweight||Sergey Spivak||def.||Greg Hardy||TKO (punches)||1||2:16|
|Preliminary card (ESPN / ESPN+)|
|Lightweight||Jalin Turner||def.||Jamie Mullarkey||TKO (punches)||2||0:46|
|Women's Strawweight||Marina Rodriguez||def.||Yan Xiaonan||Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Light Heavyweight||Nicolae Negumereanu||def.||Kennedy Nzechukwu||Decision (split) (27–29, 29–27, 29–27)||3||5:00||[a]|
|Women's Flyweight||Maryna Moroz||def.||Mariya Agapova||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||2||3:27|
|Early preliminary card (ESPN+ / UFC Fight Pass)|
|Featherweight||Umar Nurmagomedov||def.||Brian Kelleher||Submission (rear-naked choke)||1||3:15|
|Flyweight||Tim Elliott||def.||Tagir Ulanbekov||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Lightweight||Ľudovít Klein||def.||Devonte Smith||Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 30–27)||3||5:00|
|Light Heavyweight||Dustin Jacoby||def.||Michał Oleksiejczuk||Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
The following fighters received $50,000 bonuses.
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