Kamaru Usman pulled out of his title bout against Gilbert Burns owing to more preparation time leaving UFC 256 without a main event. Now, if ESPN journalist Ariel Helwani is to be believed, UFC has offered Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal an opportunity to finally settle their beef inside the octagon in a five-round main event at UFC 256. However, nothing has been made official so far.
Ariel says he heard recently they offered Masvidal/Covington a 5 round co-main event on Dec 12th. Says they are far apart on terms. #ArielandTheBadGuy
— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) October 9, 2020
Earlier, Dana White had also expressed his interest in Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal after the former interim Champion’s emphatic victory over Tyron Woodley. After years of back and forth betweeen Covington and Woodley, both the fighters finally settled their beef inside the octagon in a five-round main-event at UFC Fight Night.
Colby Covington walked the talk as he dominated the former Champion for almost five rounds, picking up a stoppage victory in the final round of the fight. In the process, Covington became the first fighter to pick up a stoppage win over the former Champion inside the UFC octagon. Meanwhile, Jorge Masvidal was appreciated for taking a short-notice fight against Kamaru Usman back at UFC 251 after Gilbert Burns pulled out of the fight. Burns tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus and pulled out of the bout, with Jorge Masvidal putting up an incredible performance in a losing affair against Kamaru Usman. The Nigerian fighter picked up an impressive unanimous decision win in a rather lackluster outing in his second title defense for the UFC Welterweight Championship.
Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal to main event UFC 256?
Earlier, it was reported that Dana White has offered both Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor a fight, with both the fighters accepting the porposal. However, McGregor put a condition on his return and stated that if the fight is taking place, it should take place before 2020. In such a situation it will be interesting to see whether McGregor will return in 2020, and if so, which card will it be.
There is a reason to believe that if Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier does capitalise for the Decemeber card, UFC could push back Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal to UFC 255 – which is also without a main event after Cody Garbrandt pulled out of his Flyweight title bout.