Former American Top Team staple and former interim UFC welterweight titleholder, Colby Covington has claimed that former teammate and two-time title chaser, Jorge Masvidal suffered fractured ribs ahead of his slated UFC 269 grudge match with Leon Edwards next month at UFC 269 — subsequently forcing him from the bout.
Reports emerged two weeks ago detailing how Masvidal had been forced to withdraw from his UFC 269 pairing with Birmingham all-rounder, Edwards on December 11. due to an undisclosed injury. As a result, the pairing was shelved, with Edwards removing himself from proceedings in December entirely.
Speaking quite candidly regarding his injury setback, which he elected against revealing, Masvidal outlined a March timeframe for his Octagon return. And offered to reschedule his pairing with Edwards. However, if the latter requested against fighting him next — he would then, in turn, switch his focus to former teammate, Covington.
Whilst details of Masvidal’s injury which forced him from UFC 269 have yet to be revealed, Covington, a former standout at the Coconut Creek, Florida facility claimed inside sources revealed to him that Masvidal had suffered fractured ribs.
“I’ll tell you the truth of what happened with Jorge Masvidal for real,” Covington told Submission Radio. “I still have people at his gym that still love me, and I’m the people’s champ for a reason. So, I get the insider scoop on everything. So, that fragile dude, ‘Street Judas’ Jorge Masvidal, he broke his ribs. He fractured his ribs last Saturday in training, and yeah, he’s fragile and he had to pull out of the fight. It’s too bad that people still love me over at his gym more than they even love him.“
“That’s facts, I’m telling you guys the truth,” Covington explained. “He went to the gym to train last Saturday, doing some sparring — not last Saturday, but the Saturday before. Like, yeah, eight days ago. And, he went to sparring at the gym and gets his ribs fractured, leaves the gym crying and, you know, goes to the doctor and gets the x-ray, and they determine it’s fractured ribs. He’s a fragile little bitch. He’s a brittle little bitch. He tried to talk about me being fragile. That’s the most fragilest (sic) guy on the f*cking roster. That guy’s a complete little joke, he’s a bum, and that’s the reason people are telling me what’s going on with him. He tried to keep it a secret. He didn’t want to tell the media, he didn’t want people to know, but now they know because of Colby ‘Chaos’ Covington.“
For Clovis native, Covington, the former interim welterweight titleholder headlined UFC 268 earlier this month in an undisputed welterweight championship rematch against common-opposition, Kamaru Usman where he suffered a second career unanimous decision loss to the Auchi native.
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