Welcome to F4WOnline.com's live coverage of UFC 272: Covington vs. Masvidal, emanating from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Octagon remains in Las Vegas, but shifts to the T-Mobile Arena for this pay-per-view event headlined by a five-round grudge match between two heated rivals.
Former best friends and teammates Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal square off in the main event in a fight that has been building for years. The two used to be long-time training partners at American Top Team, and even lived together at one point, but their relationship deteriorated as Covington was straining his time at the gym. Both are coming off losses in title fights to UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman.
In the co-main event, it will be another five-round bout as lightweights Rafael Dos Anjos and Renato Moicano meet in a 160-pound catchweight bout. Moicano is stepping in on just a few days' notice after Rafael Fiziev was forced out after testing positive for COVID-19. Also on the main card is a featherweight bout between Edson Barboza and Bryce Mitchell, a welterweight bout pitting Kevin Holland against Alex Oliveira, and a heavyweight fight as Serghei Spivac takes on Greg Hardy.
Follow along with our live coverage of the event beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern time with preliminary action all the way through the main card.
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> Light Heavyweights- Dustin Jacoby (16-5-1, 4-2-1 UFC) vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk (16-4 1 NC, 4-2 1 NC UFC)
Jacoby lands a combo and a leg kick as Oleksiejczuk was coming forward. Jacoby with a leg kick. Oleksiejczuk lands a left hand. We have a timeout for an eye poke. They get back to action and Oleksiejczuk lands a straight left hand. Jacoby throws a high kick but eats a left from Oleksiejczuk. Jacoby tries a leg kick but Oleksiejczuk grabs it and throws Jacoby to the mat but they get up and break. Jacoby lands a left hook. Oleksiejczuk with a left hand. Jacoby with a step-in knee and looks for a takedown against the fence. They're trading in close range at the end. Oleksiejczuk with a left hand. Close round. 10-9 Oleksiejczuk.
They're trading and Jacoby tags Oleksiejczuk with some punches and knees and Oleksiejczuk goes down for a moment. Jacoby looking to finish but Oleksiejczuk gets to his feet and both are throwing. They're inside the pocket against the fence and both throwing and landing. They break to the center. They tie up against the fence and Jacoby gets the takedown. They get up and Jacoby with a knee. They break. Jacoby landing and looks for a takedown against the fence but Oleksiejczuk reverses. Both slowing down. Oleksiejczuk lands a left hand. Jacoby throws a left hand and they tie up against the fence. They stay clinched at the end of the second. 10-9 Jacoby, 19-19.
Jacoby lands some short shots to start the third. Oleksiejczuk lands a left hand. They're both landing in short range. Oleksiejczuk gets poked in the eye again and we have another timeout. They get back to action and Jacoby lands a nice jab. They trade in close range. Jacoby throwing the jab. Oleksiejczuk lands a nice right hand. They clinch and Jacoby lands a knee as he's working for a takedown. Jacoby with a right hand as he's pressuring against the fence. Jacoby working hard for the takedown. Jacoby with a knee then two elbows. Close fight. 10-9 Jacoby, 29-28 Jacoby.
Official Result- Dustin Jacoby def. Michal Oleksiejczuk by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Lightweights- Devonte Smith (11-3, 3-2 UFC) vs. Ludovit Klein (17-4, 1-2 UFC)
Both looking for openings to start the fight. Klein lands a body kick. Smith with a leg kick. Klein with a head kick. They trade punches. Klein lands a hard left hand and a flurry against the fence as Smith clinches him up to stop the flurry. They remain clinched and both landing knees. They're broken up by referee Marc Goddard. Smith with a leg kick. Klein with a head kick following two punches and had Smith hurt late. 10-9 Klein.
Smith landing lots of kicks to start the second, landing some hard kicks to the body. They clinch and Klein with some shoulder strikes. They break to the center and Smith landing some kicks and following it with right hands. Klein with a leg kick. Klein throws a kick but misses Smith and Smith went for the takedown but Klein defended. They clinch and Klein with some inside knees to the thigh of Smith. Smith with some knees and a right hand. Klein with a short uppercut. They break and Smith almost gets a takedown but Klein defended well and Smith pushes it against the fence. Klein with some shoulder strikes. 10-9 Smith, 19-19.
Smith with two leg kicks to start the third. Klein with a front kick to the body and Smith is retreating. Klein with more body kicks. They clinch against the fence. Klein landing to the body and Smith lands as they break. Smith with a body kick. Klein with a left hand. They trade body kicks. Klein with a leg kick. They clinch against the fence. Klein with some shoulder strikes. They break. Smith with the jab and a left hand. Smith with a combo and Klein lands a body kick. Smith lands the jab. Smith with a right hand. They trade in close and Smith lands a big knee and follows it with an elbow. Klein goes for the takedown but Smith defends against the fence. They break to the center. Klein with a leg kick. Klein with a body kick. Close fight. 10-9 Klein, 29-28 Klein.
Official Result- Ludovit Klein def. Devonte Smith by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
> Flyweights- #13 Tim Elliott (17-12-1, 6-10 UFC) vs. #15 Tagir Ulanbekov (13-1, 2-0 UFC)
Elliott come forward with his lead leg up. Elliott with some low kicks. Ulanbekov with the jab. They trade kicks. Elliott gets a takedown. Elliott lands a knee as Ulanbekov was getting up, and it may have been illegal. Elliott still landing on the feet. Ulanbekov with a right hand. Elliott gets another brief takedown but they're right back to the feet. They break as both land a jab. Elliott gets another takedown. Ulanbekov with a right hand. They trade in close range. Ulanbekov with the jab as Elliott lands a combo. Elliott lands a left hand and Ulanbekov goes to his knees for a moment but gets up. Elliott gets a takedown but they get up and are clinched. They break at the end. 10-9 Elliott.
Ulanbekov with a right hand. Ulanbekov shoots for a takedown but Elliott sprawls away. Ulanbekov lands a right hand. Elliott with a combination to the body. Ulanbekov gets a takedown. Ulanbekov gets the back as they stand. Elliott scrambles out and lands a right hand as they break. Elliott with a right hand as he grabbed the glove of Ulanbekov, which is illegal. They clinch and sprawl and Elliott ends up in the mount but they stand and break. Ulanbekov gets a takedown but Elliott uses some momentum to get back up. They clinch and Ulanbekov with some uppercuts. They're tied up against the fence. Ulanbekov drops for a takedown but Elliott defends. 10-9 Elliott, 20-18 Elliott.
Elliott with a body kick. Elliott with some body shots in close range. Ulanbekov lands a right hand. Ulanbekov lands a combination. Ulanbekov landing punches as Elliott is trying to land leg kicks. Ulanbekov gets a brief takedown and has the back of Elliott as they stand. Ulanbekov trying hard for the takedown. Ulanbekov has the back and is landing knees to the thighs and legs of Elliott. Ulanbekov jumps on the back and has the body triangle as they go to the mat and Ulanbekov looking for the neck. He has the neck crank in as he's trying to find the rear-naked choke. Ulanbekov with some left hands. Ulanbekov is bleeding pretty good right now. Ulanbekov with some left hands. Elliott survives but a big third from Ulanbekov. Close fight. 10-9 Ulanbekov, 29-28 Elliott.
Official Result- Tim Elliott def. Tagir Ulanbekov by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
> Featherweights- Brian Kelleher (24-12, 8-5 UFC) vs. Umar Nurmagomedov (13-0, 1-0 UFC)
Nurmagomedov with a front kick. Nurmagomedov with a head kick. Both miss on their punches as they clinch against the fence. Nurmagomedov has the double underhooks against the fence. They break and Nurmagomedov goes for a takedown but Kelleher defends and they clinch again. Nurmagomedov has the back and the neck and gets the rear-naked choke locked in and Kelleher taps!
Official Result- Umar Nurmagomedov def. Brian Kelleher by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:15 of Round 1
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> Women's Flyweights- Maryna Moroz (10-3, 5-3 UFC) vs. Mariya Agapova (10-2, 2-1 UFC)
They feel each other out in the early going before they clinch as Moroz has the body lock. Agapova with some short punches. Moroz trying hard for the takedown as Agapova lands some hard elbows. Some of those were 12-6 elbows. Moroz gets the takedown and has the back of Agapova. Moroz looking for the choke. Moroz has the hooks in. Moroz still working for the choke. Agapova fighting it. It might be in. Agapova gets out and Moroz grabs the arm and has an armbar in but Agapova escapes and has the back. They're clinched against the fence and end the round there. 10-9 Moroz.
Moroz throws some punches before they clinch against the fence. They battle for underhooks. Moroz trying for the takedown and gets it to the mat. Moroz has the back and is landing punches from the top. Moroz with some big elbows from the mount. Moroz has the back and is landing punches. Moroz goes for the arm-triangle choke. It is in deep and Agapova taps! What a finish by Moroz.
Official Result- Maryna Moroz def. Mariya Agapova by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:27 of Round 2
> Light Heavyweights- Nicolae Negumereanu (11-1, 2-1 UFC) vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu (9-2, 3-2 UFC)
They start slow in the first minute as Negumereanu lands a couple of punches. Negumereanu lands some leg kicks. Nzechukwu lands a jab. Negumereanu with a leg kick. Negumereanu is trying to rush in but Nzechukwu keeping him at a distance. Nzechukwu with a body kick. Negumereanu with a right hand and Nzechukwu lands some counter punches. They trade late. Close round. 10-9 Nzechukwu.
Negumereanu coming forward to start the second and Nzechukwu landing the counter shots as Negumereanu is coming forward. Negumereanu gets the body lock looking for the takedown. Negumereanu trying for the takedown as they go to a knee for a moment. Negumereanu with some knees. They're separated by referee Mark Smith. Negumereanu with a right hand. Nzechukwu with a leg kick. He lands a jab then a left hand. Nzechukwu with a hard jab and then lands a hard combination that hurts Negumereanu. Nzechukwu lands some left hands. Negumereanu tries for a takedown against the fence but time runs out. 10-9 Nzechukwu, 20-18 Nzechukwu.
Nzechukwu pokes Negumereanu in the eye at the start of the round and there's a timeout. A point is taken away from Nzechukwu. They get back to action and Nzechukwu lands a big knee and some punches. He lands another big knee and Negumereanu gets a takedown but they quickly get up. They break the clinch and Nzechukwu did grab the fence at one point. Nzechukwu lands a left hand. They trade and Nzechukwu lands more in close range. Negumereanu lands a right hand. Nzechukwu lands some punches and lands a solid combination. Negumereanu with a right hand and Nzechukwu lands some counters. Nzechukwu lands a nice left hand. Nzechukwu landing punches. Nzechukwu with big shots and they trade big punches at the end. 9-9 Nzechukwu with the point deduction, 29-27 Nzechukwu.
Official Result- Nicolae Negumereanu def. Kennedy Nzechukwu by split decision (27-29, 29-27, 29-27)
> Women's Strawweights- #3 Marina Rodriguez (16-1-2, 5-1-2 UFC) vs. #4 Yan Xiaonan (13-2 1 NC, 6-1 UFC)
They're both throwing early and Xiaonan has landed a leg kick and right hand. Xiaonan with an overhand right. Rodriguez with a leg kick. Xiaonan with a combination. Xiaonan with a leg kick. Rodriguez lands a combination. Xiaonan with a leg kick. Rodriguez with a leg kick. Xiaonan with an inside leg kick. They trade in close range and we have a timeout for a low blow on Xiaonan. They get back to action and trade and Xiaonan with a late takedown. 10-9 Xiaonan.
Rodriguez tries for a takedown but Xiaonan defends. Rodriguez with a leg kick. Xiaonan with a combination. Rodriguez with a leg kick. Xiaonan with a close range combo. Rodriguez lands and Xiaonan looks for the body lock but lets go. Xiaonan goes for the takedown and has the back as they're on their knees on the mat. Xiaonan has the body as they stand and now has the back. They break. Rodriguez with a combo and lands a knee and then has the back as they scramble for a moment. Rodriguez with a knee to the body and an elbow as they break. Rodriguez lands a big right hand late. 10-9 Rodriguez, 19-19.
Xiaonan with a leg kick. Rodriguez throws some punches but misses. They both land in close range. Xiaonan with a leg kick and Rodriguez lands a counter left. They trade jabs as Rodriguez is the one pressuring. Rodriguez lands a knee to the body as they clinch and then lands an elbow before they break. They're trading in close and Rodriguez lands a big left hand. Rodriguez with a combo and Xiaonan lands a nice left hand. Xiaonan with a big left hand. Rodriguez with an overhand right. Rodriguez with a big knee and several elbows against the fence. Close fight. 10-9 Rodriguez, 29-28 Rodriguez.
Official Result- Marina Rodriguez def. Yan Xiaonan by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
> Lightweights- Jalin Turner (11-5, 4-2 UFC) vs. Jamie Mullarkey (14-4, 2-2 UFC)
They both land some hard punches. Turner with a body kick. Mullarkey with the jab. Turner lands a big right hand and Mullarkey looks for the takedown. They break and both land big shots and Turner gets wobbled. They clinch against the fence. Mullarkey with an elbow. They break and Turner lands some big kicks. Turner lands a right hand. Turner lands a big combination. They both land in close range. Mullarkey throws a head kick and Turner catches it and puts him on the mat for a moment. Mullarkey stands and eats some body punches from Turner. Mullarkey lands a right hand. Turner with some nice right hands. Mullarkey with a high kick. Mullarkey gets a takedown and is in side control. Mullarkey tries to get the full mount but Turner gets him inside his full guard. 10-9 Turner.
Turner lands a right hook that hurts Mullarkey and Mullarkey goes down and Turner starts unloading with punches on the mat and it is all over. Big finish from Turner as he scores his fourth straight win.
Official Result- Jalin Turner def. Jamie Mullarkey by TKO (punches) at :46 of Round 2
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> Heavyweights- Serghei Spivac (13-3, 4-3 UFC) vs. Greg Hardy (7-4 1 NC, 4-4 1 NC UFC)
Hardy with a leg kick. Spivac goes for the takedown and they tie up and Spivac gets the big takedown. Spivac lands a right hand. Spivac has the back as they stand but Spivac gets it down again. They get back up and Spivac gets him back down. Spivac gets the mount and lands big punches and it is over! Big finish by Spivac.
Official Result- Serghei Spivac def. Greg Hardy by TKO (punches) at 2:16 of Round 1
> Welterweights- #14 (MW) Kevin Holland (21-7 1 NC, 8-4 1 NC UFC) vs. Alex Oliveira (22-10-1 2 NC, 11-9 1 NC UFC)
Oliveira with a leg kick. Holland landing a lot of leg kicks. Oliveira lands some leg kicks that trip up Holland. Oliveira gets a takedown but they get up. They both land punches that hurt each other. Oliveira with a body kick. Holland continuing with the leg kicks. Holland still landing the calf kicks. Oliveira lands a nice leg kick and then another and gets a brief takedown and has the back and has a rear-naked choke but Holland is giving a thumbs up at the end of the round. 10-9 Oliveira.
They trade leg kicks to start the second. Holland lands a right hand that drops Oliveira and he's landing big punches looking for the finish. Holland with big elbows and it's all over! What a finish by Holland in his welterweight debut.
Official Result- Kevin Holland def. Alex Oliveira by TKO (strikes) at :38 of Round 2
> Featherweights- #10 Edson Barboza (22-10, 16-10 UFC) vs. #11 Bryce Mitchell (14-0, 5-0 UFC)
Barboza with some leg kicks to start. Barboza with a leg kick. Barboza with more kicks. They trade kicks. Mitchell drops Barboza briefly with a right hand and is now looking for a takedown. He gets it and is in the closed guard of Barboza and landing punches. Mitchell with an elbow from the top. Mitchell lands more from the top. Mitchell continues to work from the top and is landing some shots but not a ton is happening. Barboza kicks Mitchell off and they stand. They trade late. 10-9 Mitchell.
Mitchell gets a takedown and is in the guard of Barboza. Mitchell continuing to land from the top. Mitchell with pressure as the guard is closed. Barboza is not doing anything to get out from the bottom. They get to their feet for a moment but Mitchell gets it back down and is landing punches. Barboza grabbed the fence at one point. Mitchell with more smothering from the top as this is a dominant round. 10-8 Mitchell, 20-17 Mitchell.
Mitchell throws a kick and Barboza lands a right hand and Mitchell falls to the mat for a moment. Mitchell gets the takedown and is working in the closed guard. Mitchell with some more work from the top and Barboza looks to be throwing up for a triangle choke or an armbar. Mitchell gets out and is back on top and in full mount from the top. He moves to the side and then back on top and is switching positions consistently while landing from the top. He finishes the fight on top and in dominant fashion. 10-8 Mitchell, 30-25 Mitchell.
Official Result- Bryce Mitchell def. Edson Barboza by unanimous decision (30-25, 30-26, 30-27)
> 160-pound Catchweights- #6 (LW) Rafael Dos Anjos (30-13, 19-11 UFC) vs. Renato Moicano (16-4-1, 8-4 UFC)
They trade in close range as Moicano lands a body kick and they clinch. Moicano gets the back of Dos Anjos but Dos Anjos scrambles away. They break and Dos Anjos with a combo and a body kick. Dos Anjos gets the takedown. They get to their feet. Dos Anjos with a knee to the body. Dos Anjos ducks under a Moicano right hand and gets a big takedown. Dos Anjos in side control against the fence. Dos Anjos is smothering from the top as he lands some left hands. Dos Anjos with full control from the top as he lands some punches and elbows. 10-9 Dos Anjos.
Dos Anjos with a body kick. Dos Anjos tries for a single leg but Moicano slips out. Dos Anjos lands a nice left hand. Moicano with a right hand. Dos Anjos tries for a takedown and gets the back of Moicano. They break and Dos Anjos lands some left hands and a body kick. Dos Anjos with a body kick. Dos Anjos gets the takedown. Dos Anjos working from the top and is in the guard of Moicano. Dos Anjos with some big elbows. Dos Anjos ends the second on top. 10-9 Dos Anjos, 20-18 Dos Anjos.
Dos Anjos landing to start the third but neither doing a whole lot. Moicano lands an uppercut followed by a left hand. Dos Anjos with a head kick and then a knee. Dos Anjos lands a head kick and Moicano starts to run away. Dos Anjos gets Moicano down and is landing big punches and looking for the finish. Dos Anjos with big left hands and this should be stopped. Dos Anjos working in the half-guard and has slowed down. Dos Anjos with some elbows and punches. Dos Anjos ends the round on top with a big round. 10-8 Dos Anjos, 30-26 Dos Anjos.
They check on Moicano and let him continue, though the fight should've been stopped by someone already. Dos Anjos with a combination. Moicano lands a right hand. Dos Anjos gets the takedown and is working from the guard of Moicano. Dos Anjos continues to work from the top as Moicano is exhausted on the bottom. Dos Anjos with more elbows and punches. Dos Anjos with more nasty elbows that cuts Moicano open again. They get up at the end and this fight should be stopped. 10-8 Dos Anjos, 40-34 Dos Anjos.
Marc Goddard is letting it go on. Moicano with a right hand. Moicano misses a spinning back fist. Moicano with a high kick. Dos Anjos with a combo. Dos Anjos with a high kick. Dos Anjos gets a takedown. They get to their feet. They trade punches. They trade and Moicano making a strong comeback late and landing some solid punches. Moicano with a right hand and a jab. Moicano with an uppercut and Dos Anjos lands a left hand. 10-9 Dos Anjos, 50-43 Dos Anjos.
Official Result- Rafael Dos Anjos def. Renato Moicano by unanimous decision (49-45, 49-44, 50-44)
> Welterweights- #1 Colby Covington (16-3, 11-3 UFC) vs. #6 Jorge Masvidal (35-15, 12-8 UFC)
Masvidal with a leg kick. Covington lands and Masvidal complains about an eye poke. Covington goes for a takedown but Masvidal defending. Covington still has the back and they go to the mat. Covington has a hook in and has the neck. Covington landing punches from the back. Covington landing but some are to the back of the head and he's getting warned by Herb Dean. They get to their feet and Covington with some elbows before they break. They trade kicks. 10-9 Covington.
The each block kicks as Covington slips. Masvidal with a leg kick and lands a left hook. Masvidal with another leg kick. Masvidal with a body kick followed by a couple of jabs. Masvidal lands the jab. Covington goes for a takedown and Masvidal lands some hard elbows to defend. We have a groin strike but they get back to action and Masvidal lands some good punches. Masvidal drops Covington with a punch and Covington moves to the back and looks for a choke. They got up and separated. Covington throws wild strikes. Covington with the jab. Masvidal lands a combo. Masvidal with a leg kick. Covington lands a left hand and then another. 10-9 Masvidal, 19-19.
Covington with a combo as he pressures Masvidal to the fence. Covington goes for a takedown but Masvidal defends. Covington lands a combo. Covington gets a takedown. Covington with some elbows and body punches from the top. He lands more elbows. Covington with more smothering ground-and-pound from the top as he moves to the half-guard. Covington looks for a choke but lets go. Covington tries again but Masvidal scrambles and Covington gets his back once again. Masvidal gets up late and lands a left hand. He lands another. 10-9 Covington, 29-28 Covington.
Masvidal with a high kick then a leg kick. Covington with a head kick. Covington lands a combo. Covington lands a big punch and looks for the takedown. Covington with a big flurry and he's looking to finish Masvidal against the cage. Covington presses it against the fence again. They break and Masvidal with an elbow then a body kick. Masvidal lands a right hand that hurts Covington and he's landing more that has Covington backing up. Covington lands a combo. Covington lands against the fence and they clinch up. 10-9 Covington, 39-37 Covington.
Covington lands a combo and has Masvidal against the fence and gets it to the mat. Covington in the half-guard and the crowd is booing. They get to their feet and Covington still has the back. Covington gets it down and still has the back. Covington hanging on and Masvidal is trying to escape but Covington keeps control of the back. Covington trying to get a choke and is looking for a neck crank but gets the mount for a moment and is landing punches. He gets it back and Covington is talking trash at the end. 10-9 Covington, 49-46 Covington.
Official Result- Colby Covington def. Jorge Masvidal by unanimous decision (49-46, 50-44, 50-45)