Covington dominated the first, third and fifth rounds taking his opponent down and controlling him, alternately taking his back and riding him or pounding Masvidal from inside his guard. Masvidal managed to land a hard elbow that cut Covington in the second and a right hand that momentarily wobbled him in the fourth but he was unable to effectively follow up as Covington took the lopsided decision.
The preliminaries, televised on ESPN, saw one of the more emotional moments of the night as Ukrainian native Maryna Moroz came into the ring with the flag of her besieged country and, after submitting Mariya Agapova with a head and arm choke, broke down crying in the post fight interview. As Moroz talked about her family back home in war-torn Ukraine, the crowd roared their support.
- UFC to Debut Fight Island with Three Championship Bouts - Black ... ›
- Finally! Leon Edwards Gets A Second Chance At The Nigerian ... ›
- Epic Grudge Match to Headline UFC 272 - Black Belt Magazine ›