UFC 272 Post-Fight Verdict Review

UFC 272 Post-Fight Verdict Review

Verdict MMA|
March 07, 2022|

Colby Covington dominates Jorge Masvidal

The long-awaited grudge match between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal finally took place at UFC 272. This fight went just as the majority of the Verdict Community predicted, with Covington defeating Masvidal by unanimous decision. The fight started rough for Masvidal who was poked in the eye by Covington before looking at referee Herb Dean to pause the action. Covington took advantage of the distracted Masvidal and took him down. This was when Covington started to wear down Masvidal. Herb Dean acknowledged the eye poke before the 2nd round began and gave Covington a warning. Masvidal made the 2nd round more competitive, but Covington was still in control. When they were teammates, Masvidal often referred to Covington as the “Cardio King”. This was on full display, as Covington completely took away Masvidal’s gas tank. Masvidal’s best moment of the fight was when he rocked Covington with a right hand in the 4th round, but couldn’t capitalize because he was too drained. Covington’s most dominant round on the Global Scorecard was the 5th. He closed the show strong and won a decision.

Official Result- Colby Covington by unanimous decision (49-46, 50–44, 50–45)


Renato Moicano shows the heart of a warrior

Even in a loss, Renato Moicano earned the respect of the fight game at UFC 272. Moicano took a 5 round fight against a former UFC Champion on 5 days' notice. Dos Anjos was so dominant in this fight that many called for the fight to be stopped. After the 4th round, many thought that Moicano’s corner would stop the fight, but they didn’t. Referee Marc Goddard was concerned and sent the doctor to take a look at Moicano. After the doctor determined Moicano could continue, Goddard issued a warning to Moicano and told him that if he couldn’t make the fight competitive in the first 30 seconds, he was going to stop the fight. To the shock of many, Moicano started to turn it up and had his best round in the 5th. He pressed forward and busted dos Anjos’ face. Moicano was battered but he never quit and kept trying to win. He earned the respect of a lot of people at UFC 272.

Official Result- Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision (49–45, 49–44, 50–44)

Bryce Mitchell is for real

In our UFC 272 preview article, we mentioned that if Bryce Mitchell was able to defeat Edson Barboza, he was the real deal. Not only did Mitchell defeat Barboza, he dominated him. No one has dominated Barboza on the ground like that since he fought Khabib Nurmagomdeov. Every round on the Global Scorecard was dominant for Mitchell. He’s now undefeated with a perfect professional record of 15-0. Mitchell looks like he’s on a bigger mission than becoming a UFC Champion. In his post-fight speech, he announced that he wanted to give away $45,000 which is half of his fight purse, to a charity for underprivileged children in his home state of Arkansas. UFC President Dana White told Mitchell that the UFC would be making the donation on behalf of Mitchell.

Official Result- Bryce Mitchell by unanimous decision (30–25, 30–26, 30–27)


Kevin Holland enters the Welterweight division

As we expected in our UFC 272 preview article, Alex Oliveira brought the fight to Kevin Holland. Oliveira pressured Holland from the opening bell and won the 1st round on the Global Scorecard. Holland showed great tenacity by fighting back and finishing Oliveira by TKO just 38 seconds into the 2nd round. As Joe Rogan stated in the post-fight speech, it looks like Holland has found his natural weight class in the Welterweight division.

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Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

Official Result- Kevin Holland by 2nd round TKO

Greg Hardy gets finished in his 3rd straight fight

It looks like Greg Hardy’s position in the UFC is in jeopardy, after suffering his 3rd consecutive knockout loss at the hand of Sergey Spivak at UFC 272. Hardy has now been finished by Marcin Tybura, Tai Tuivasa, and Sergey Spivak in back to back to back fights in the Octagon. Hardy had a big weight cut for this fight, as he had to drop 30 lbs on fight week. This is significant for any weight class, especially Heavyweight where not a lot of fighters cut weight to meet the limit.

Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

Official Result- Sergey Spivak by 1st round TKO


Jalin Turner is on the rise

Jalin Turner earned his 4th consecutive stoppage win by finishing Jamie Mullarkey by TKO at UFC 272. Turner has a 100% finishing rate, as all 12 of his professional wins have come by stoppage. At only 26 years old, Turner looks to be a promising prospect and has UFC gold in his plans.

Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images
Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images

Official Result- Jalin Turner by 2nd round TKO

Marina Rodriguez makes a case for a title shot

In the eyes of many, the fight between Marina Rodriguez and Yan Xiaonan should have earned fight of the night honors. Every round was competitive and the data was close on the Global Scorecard. The official ruling was a split decision win for Rodriguez. The Global Scorecard tells the story of the fight as the momentum started to from Xianon towards Rodriguez as the fight progressed. Rodriguez has now won 4 consecutive fights against some of the best fighters in her division. This fight might have earned her a title shot.

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