MMA fans across the globe have been counting down the days for UFC 272 to arrive, as the March 5 showcase is set to be one for the ages. The main event is the massive matchup between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal, as the two welterweights will be ready to dazzle. In this piece, we have our UFC 272 picks for Covington vs. Masvidal. Which standout will be able to come away with the win?
Covington is a strong favourite going up against Masvidal on Saturday night
Leading up to this meeting, Covington is a strong favourite going up against Masvidal on Saturday night in Nevada. Covington is 16-3-0 in his UFC career, while Masvidal has much more experience, posting a 35-15-0 mark. With that said, Covington has been on fire of late and UFC fans are posting often on Twitter thinking he’ll come away with a win too.
The last time Covington was in the octagon, he did suffer a loss to the beastly Makaru Usman. That was a tough result for Covington, but he’s 100 percent focused on bouncing back and reminding Masvidal of just how dangerous he can be. Covington and Masvidal used to be friends, but now they are monster enemies. Covington is looking to destroy him in this one.
“This is a blood feud,” Covington told TMZ. “This goes back to a brotherhood. We were eight years together every single day, side by side, couldn’t leave each other — best friends. “Now, we’re the biggest bitter enemies. Anytime I see him, I want to send that guy straight to hell and luckily I get to do it in the UFC Octagon next Saturday night on Pay-Per-View and it’s gonna be bad, man. I’m gonna make him pay.” According to the best-rated Canadian sportsbooks, Covington holds 1.29 UFC odds entering Saturday, while Masvidal has been set at 3.60. On paper, Covington should take down Masvidal and our expectation is that things will go in his favour. While this could turn out to be a close one, we’re going with Covington as our pick for the UFC 272 main event.
Edson Barboza is hoping to upset Bryce Mitchell
In another intriguing matchup, Edson Barboza is hoping to upset Bryce Mitchell when they put the gloves on coming Saturday. This featherweight contest has what it takes to be a back-and-forth affair, with these two prized fighters ready to do whatever is needed to come away with a victory. Mitchell is the favourite, but Barboza could care less about that right now.
For his career, Barboza is 22-10-0. Meanwhile, for Mitchell, he’s really made a strong name for himself, as he’s 14-1-0. Leading up to this one, fans are divided on who they think will win. On one hand, Mitchell is the favourite and he’s got the kind of speed that scares others. However, Barboza has the experience advantage and he’s been known to deliver pain as well.
Mitchell hasn’t been in the octagon since he broke his left foot going up against Andre Fill in October of 2020. He won that fight by decision, which was amazing to see. He’s been working tirelessly to get back to this point. To miss out on so much time due to injury is awful, but Mitchell is now focused on picking up where he left off.
Per the oddsmakers, Mitchell has been set at 1.59 odds, while Barboza is at 2.38. Despite being away from the bouts for so long, Mitchell will be focused to get a big-time win. With that said, our gut feeling tells us that Barboza will be able to get the job done. We’re going with Barboza as our pick to win. Agree? Check out our UFC betting sites to get a wager in.
Last but not least, UFC fans are asking themselves can Greg Hardy record a win in primetime? The former Dallas Cowboys standout has made a huge splash in the UFC world, as the heavyweight fighter has blistering power. Come UFC 272, though, he’ll be the underdog going up against Sergey Spivak, whose power is out of this world as well.
Spivak holds a 13-3-0 record, while Hardy is 7-4-0. Per the oddsmakers, Spivak has been placed at 1.49. For Hardy, he’ll hope that his odds can motivate him to silence his doubters, as he’s been set at 2.64. What really makes Spivak a strong fighter is that while he can hurt you with his punches, his ground game is also quite impressive. This is something Hardy is going to have to watch out for.
With Hardy, this is also reportedly the last fight he has on his contract. If he wants to try and earn some more chances, he’ll need to put on a show against Spivak. Unfortunately for Hardy fans, our expectation is that Spivak will be able to record a convincing win, potentially ending things in the first round. We’re indeed going with Spivak as our pick.