Former interim UFC welterweight champion, Colby Covington claimed that he had tested the waters of his own camp, making up a narrative that he was dealing with a knee injury ahead of his UFC 272 headliner with Jorge Masvidal, in a bid to see if the news would leak.
Covington, who headlined last night’s T-Mobile Arena event retained his rank as the #1 ranked welterweight in the organization, knocking back former teammate and past friend, Jorge Masvidal with a rather comprehensive unanimous decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-44) victory to claim bragging rights in the pair’s grudge match.
Outstriking the Miami native in terms of numbers on the ground, Covington managed to score six separate takedowns over the course of his five round main event against Masvidal – en route to his return to the winner’s enclosure.
However, even prior to last night’s grudge match, speculation began to circulate that Covington was dealing with a knee injury ahead of his bout with Masvidal, and in particular, the latter appeared to question the stability of Covington’s knee at the ceremonial weigh-in, questioning if he had utilized cortisone injections ahead of the fight.
Now, with the grudge match in the books, Covington claims that he was the creator of a narrative surrounding a knee injury – in a bid to test the waters within his own camp, and possibly identify a leak.
“It’s funny, I did that intentionally…” Colby Covington told UFC reporter, Laura Sanko. “Because I want to see where his loyalty was, you know. He said he was all team Colby (Covington) but now I know he was team Jorge (Masvidal) and you know, he’s a little rat so I can’t trust people going forward and I’m gonna keep my circle even smaller than it was.” (Transcribed by Sportskeeda)
Following the victory, Covington distanced himself on a rematch with Masvidal in the future – appearing to close the door on that option, in pursuit of another past ATT training partner, Dustin Poirier.