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The main event of the evening comes in the Welterweight division, as former friends and training partners Colby “Chaos” Covington and Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal collide. In a feud that has boiled for years, finally will see an outcome. Coming off a defeat to Kamaru Usman in a tightly contested title fight, Covington will seek to clear out those under him and force the UFC to grant him a third crack at the champ. Checking in at number one in the Welterweight division, it’s apparent that in another lifetime without Usman in the picture, Covington would reign as Champion. Meanwhile, Masvidal comes into this fight off back-to-back title defeats to Usman. The last of which came via knockout, a first for Masvidal since 2008. However, Masvidal has a huge opportunity to get back on the snide, defeat a bitter rival and climb up the rankings.
As for a prediction, I have Covington winning. While Masvidal could present issues for Covington on the feet, it’s unlikely that he will dominate that aspect. Throw in Covington’s excellent wrestling abilities and I have a hard time seeing Masvidal being able to withstand “Chaos”. In the two fights against Usman, Masvidal was taken down six times and controlled for eighteen of the thirty-one minutes they fought for. Something in which likely plays out the same in this fight. And make no mistake, Masvidal is a complete fighter with good takedown defense and underrated wrestling abilities. However, there are fighters with styles that make you appear to look foolish in those departments. Covington happens to be one of those fights. So with that said, I predict that Covington will win via decision.