Chael Sonnen gives props to Jorge Masvidal for accepting Colby Covington fight - "This is a career-ending fight"

Jorge Masvidal, Chael Sonnen, and Colby Covington (left to right) [Credits: @gamebredfighter, @colbycovmma via Instagram]
Jorge Masvidal, Chael Sonnen, and Colby Covington (left to right) [Credits: @gamebredfighter, @colbycovmma via Instagram]
Anurag Mitra

Chael Sonnen has praised Jorge Masvidal for accepting a fight against Colby Covington. According to Sonnen, the stylistic matchup is unfavorable towards Masvidal and a loss to Covington could see his star power further diminish.

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Masvidal is currently on a two-fight skid in the UFC. The Miami native is coming off back-to-back losses to Kamaru Usman and hasn't won a fight since November 2019, when he beat Nate Diaz. He is one of the biggest draws in the promotion, but a third consecutive loss could see his status as a superstar take a hit.

Sonnen acknowledged the intense rivalry between the former teammates and added that he believes 'Gamebred' has more to lose from the fight against Covington.

In a video uploaded to his YouTube channel, 'The American Gangster' said:

"In all fairness I really got to show respect to Masvidal because this is a career-ending fight. It is that big of a deal, there will be that much attention and that much focus and that much hatred going into this battle. Jorge, who is the second biggest draw in combat [sports] right now who's coming off of two defeats."

He added:

"If he goes out there and he gets taken down and he gets mauled for 25 minutes, it is going to take a lot of luster off of the shine that is the second biggest draw [in MMA], the BMF, Jorge Masvidal. It's a big deal and Jorge signed up anyway. God damn, I respect that."

Watch Chael Sonnen discuss the Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal fight below:


Colby Covington opens as betting favorite against Jorge Masvidal

One of the most anticipated grudge matches in the UFC will finally come to a head as Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington gear up for a five-round clash at UFC 272 in March. Covington opened as a heavy betting favorite against Masvidal. The oddsmakers clearly believe 'Chaos' will dominate his former training partner.

According to betting site, the former interim welterweight champion is the prohibitive favorite at -325, leaving the BMF title-holder at +275 heading into their main event showdown.

ICYMI: Masvidal and Covington move into the main position for #UFC 272 Covington opened as a -300 favorite but early action has bumped the odds πŸ‘€Jorge Masvidal +275Colby Covington -325β†ͺ️…

Then again, Masvidal has upset the odds in the past. 'Gamebred' closed as a +135 underdog against former Bellator champion Ben Askren at UFC 239. He was also listed as a +175 underdog against British star Darren Till at UFC Fight Night 147.

He won both fights by knockout.

One year ago today, Jorge Masvidal (+175) knocks out Ben Askren with this insane flying knee, breaking a UFC record by doing so in just 5 seconds. #UFC239

Edited by C. Naik


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