Colby Covington beats Jorge Masvidal in a grudge match

A rare untitled UFC 272 fight Saturday night, as a welterweight grudge match between former training partners topped the card at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Hate went back and forth between Colby Covington And Jorge Masvidal in preparation for the fight. But once it started, the traffic went one way – Covington dominated the game on its way to a unanimous decision on scorecards: 49-46, 50-44 and 50-45.

Covington (17-3) is a relentless wrestler with a deep gas tank and amazing game, and it was all on display in a rinse-and-repeat performance over five rounds.

Veteran Masvidal (35-16), looking to the downside, had flashes of his former self that even knocked Covington to his knee with his best punch in the fight in the fourth round, but didn’t get anything sustainable.

Covington has won nine of his past 11 matches, with UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman losing. Masvidal fell three in a row.

In the evening’s joint bout, Renato Moikano showed great heart in a fight with former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos on five days’ notice and traveled from Brazil for a five-round fight, weighing in at 160 lbs.

But that’s where the superlatives ended, as dos Anjos (31-13) reached a unanimous decision on Moikano (16-5-1), who fought just three weeks earlier at UFC 271. The judges’ scores were 49-45, 49 -44 and 50-44.

Dos Anjos has dominated all aspects of the fight from jumping.

In the third, Dos Anjos hit a perfect header, then hit a slam on the carpet. Moicano somehow made it to the end of the round. With his left eye almost bulging between the two rounds, the doctor in the first row examined him and inexplicably gave him to continue.

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Dos Anjos again dominated in fourth, and the Doctor cleared him again. Dos Anjos noticeably took his foot off the throttle in fifth and raced to claim his 20th UFC Championship win.

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