A welterweight grudge match between Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington will headline UFC 272 on March 5, UFC chief commercial officer Hunter Campbell told ESPN on Tuesday.
The contracts have not been signed, but the five-round non-title bout is almost done, according to Campbell. The UFC 272 pay-per-view will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The UFC originally targeted a few featherweight and bantamweight title fights for the event, however, those fights are no longer scheduled for the March 5 date. Part of that was due to an injury to featherweight challenger Max Holloway.
Masvidal (35-15), one of the most popular figures in the UFC, hasn’t fought since suffering a knockout loss to Kamaru Usman in a welterweight championship fight at UFC 261 last April. Masvidal’s last two fights have been against Usman; he also lost to the champion via unanimous decision in July 2020.
Covington (16-3) is also coming off a failed title shot against Usman. The 33-year-old has also lost twice to Usman, both by decision. His most recent victory was against Tyron Woodley in September.