After leaving American Top Team, a potential fight between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal has become a much bigger deal
Covington’s beefs with former teammates Masvidal and Dustin Poirier led to his split with ATT and owner Dan Lambert.
Now that Covington (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) has parted ways with his longtime gym, a fight with Masvidal (35-13 MMA, 12-6 UFC) is no longer a conflict of interest for ATT.
“Absolutely, I do feel like it needs to be settled in the cage,” Covington said. “But at the same time, if he doesn’t settle it in the cage, it will only be one reason and one person why it didn’t get settled in the cage – and that’ll be because of him. So if he tucks his tail in between his legs and runs away like the good little (expletive) that he is – he knows I’m his daddy, he knows I gave him so many spankings – so if he runs away, fans will know he’s a coward and he’s scared to fight.
“He doesn’t want to fight the best in the world, and we found out he’s all hype. He’s a 50-50 journeyman. Look at his record. His resume speaks for itself. He’s been knocked out. He’s been tapped out. Back in high school, he dropped out, and when we used to live together, I kicked him out. He’s a little (expletive).”
Covington’s is still primarily focused on a rematch
with UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, who stopped him late in Round 5 in a tightly contested battle this past December.
Behind Usman, Masvidal is second on the list. Ideally, Covington wants to make both fights happen.
“Make no mistake about it: I’m fighting ‘Street Judas’ Masvidal. I’m going to fight ‘Marty Fake Newsman,'” Covington said. “It doesn’t matter which order.”
Even if Covington isn't able to squash his beef in the octagon, he plans to stay in South Florida, and he's ready to throw down in the streets should Masdival ever cross his path.
“If we don’t fight in the cage, for sure if I ever see him in the streets. We will fight, and he knows what’s going to happen when that happens,” Covington said.
“Deep down, he knows. He can try and hide it. He can try and make up all these fake lies that he likes to do: ‘Oh he’s crying,’ ‘Oh, he’s this,’ ‘Oh, he didn’t pay my coach.’ They’re some lies. But he’s never said anything about my skills because he knows last time we trained, I put him out cold.”
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