The UFC Welterweight division is arguably one of the most competitive weight classes in the organization. The division is being spearheaded by “The Nigerian Nightmare” Kamaru Usman and he has set the standard exceedingly high.
What’s more, the contenders at the top of the heap could challenge for the undisputed gold any day of the week.
Two such challengers are Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal. Chiefly, it appears these top-tier 170-pounders are on a collision course and will settle their differences in the cage soon enough. Additionally, both the aforementioned combatants have fallen to the undisputed champion and will be thirsting for redemption.
A compelling narrative surrounding the fight is that they’re both former roommates and teammates. American Top Team [ATT] was home to the Welterweights before Colby Covington parted ways with the camp.
The split came due to “Chaos” Covington’s comments regarding several members of the team, including Masvidal.
There is no love between the two athletes and a fight between them would be a treat for fight fans. Moreover, a potential bout brings forth certain compelling narratives that are intriguing to the MMA community.
UFC Welterweights: Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal
The former interim champion in Covington has a pressuring style that overwhelms opponents. Furthermore, he possesses almost endless stamina and can dictate the pace of the fight from the get-go.
Colby doesn’t possess one-punch KO power, but his high volume has made him an elite Welterweight.
Jorge Masvidal is one of the most cerebral fighters on the roster who fights based on instinct. This flow state of combat came through several years of fighting in Miami’s street fight circuit.
However, he has an arsenal of weapons that often catch his opponents off guard. Not to mention, “Gamebred” is one of the hardest-hitting Welterweights on the planet and can shut the lights off almost instantly.
The path back to the 170-pound title will most likely go through a firefight with the aforementioned warriors. Chiefly, Masvidal has shown a vulnerability to forward pressing fighters, especially when they have a wrestling pedigree.
Kamaru Usman shut his offense down when the two fought, and Colby’s style could pose similar complications. Additionally, the Oregon native’s cardio is sure to be a factor in what will certainly be a five-round affair.
EARLY PREDICTION: Colby Covington to claim a unanimous decision victory
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