Footage has resurfaced this week where former interim UFC welterweight champion, Colby Covington explained where his high-profile rivalry with former teammate and two-time title challenger, Jorge Masvidal stems from – pointing to apparent jealously, as well as criticising Masvidal’s role as a father.
Reports emerged earlier this week, detailing how the #1 ranked Covington and the #6 rated, Masvidal had verbally agreed to meet at UFC 272 on March 5. in a five round welterweight headliner at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada – with the duo finally expected to settle their differences inside the Octagon.
Opening as a sizeable betting favorite over Masvidal, Covington, who most recently featured in the main event of UFC 268 back in November, suffered a second career loss to undisputed welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, in a unanimous decision loss.
For Masvidal, the Floridian has yet to feature since himself suffering a thunderous second round knockout loss to Usman back in April at UFC 261 in his second unsuccessful pursuit of the undisputed championship.
Earlier this week, however, off the back of the grudge match booking between Covington and Masvidal, footage has reemerged of Covington commenting on his relationship, or now lack thereof with Masvidal, ahead of UFC 261.
“It was three years ago or two and a half years ago when I was in the locker room and I’d just beat Rafael dos Anjos for the interim title and the President (Donald Trump) had called me that day…” Colby Covington replied when asked when he last spoke with Jorge Masvidal during an interview with The Mac Life. “I think (Jorge Masvidal) saw all the hype I was generating and he didn’t like that. He has a big ego and he couldn’t put his ego aside for the friendship. He didn’t like that was getting the spotlight more and I was rising above him in the ranks.”
Then aiming another personal barb at Masvidal, Covington claimed that the Miami striker was a “piece of sh*t” father and fighter, and how he hoped the two would face-off soon.
“The guy (Masvidal) is a piece of sh*t,” Colby Covington said. “He doesn’t care about his kids. I was just with his ex-wife yesterday. I put all the pictures on Instagram and Twitter… The mother of his children, his wife that is still on his marriage certificate today, they’re not divorced yet. (His wife) is Maritza Collado. Maritza Masvidal. The truth is, Jorge Masvidal is a piece of sh*t father, he’s a piece of sh*t fighter, and I hope I get to expose him in front of the whole world soon.” (Transcribed by Sportskeeda)
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