UFC 272 Opening Odds: Colby Covington Favored in Main Event vs. Jorge Masvidal
Getty Images. Pictured: Colby Covington (left) and Jorge Masvidal.
- Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal will main event UFC 272 in Las Vegas on March 5.
- The former American Top Team teammates are both coming off losses to Kamaru Usman.
- Check out where FanDuel opened the odds on Tuesday night.
Covington vs. Masvidal Odds
One of the most anticipated potential UFC matchups was announced on Tuesday. ESPN reported that UFC 272 will be headlined by former teammates and roommates Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington.
The show was supposed to be headlined by the third fight between Max Holloway and featherweight champion Alex Volkanovski, but the challenger had to pull out because of an injury.
A bantamweight title fight between interim champion Petr Yan and champion Aljimain Sterling was expected to take place on the card as well, but it has been moved to UFC 273.
Masvidal pulled out of a UFC 269 fight against Leon Edwards, with whom he also has some serious beef, because of an apparent injury. Edwards appears to be in line for the next title shot against Kamaru Usman at 170 pounds.
Usman has defended his UFC Welterweight Championship five times, beating Masvidal and Covington twice apiece.
Masvidal and Covington both trained together at American Top Team for most of their UFC careers, even appearing in each other’s corner. Covington left the gym, though, in part because of his heat with Masvidal.
Each fighter’s last appearance in the UFC was a loss to Usman. Covington won seven straight fights before losing two of his last three to Usman, while Masvidal’s last two fights have been losses to Usman.
Covington opened as a -250 favorite against Masvidal, who was listed at +205. Covington’s number quickly went up, though.