UFC president, Dana White has claimed that he was less than surprised to hear news of last month’s altercation between welterweights, Jorge Masvidal, and Colby Covington – but insists that the latter broke an apparent “man code”.
Last month, reports emerged detailing how Covington had been involved in an alleged altercation with Masvidal outside of Papi Steak restaurant in Miami Beach, Florida – where the latter attacked Covington without notice, with the Clovis native suffering a fractured tooth, an abrasion to his wrist, and an estimated $15,000 worth of damage to his Rolex watch.
Masvidal was subsequently arrested and booked in Miami Beach Police Department and charged with felony counts of aggravated battery, as well as criminal mischief, before he was released on bail ahead of a court appearance later this month.
Dana White insists that Colby Covington breached a “f*cking man code”
Officially pressing charges against Masvidal, Covington has yet to publicly address the incident in any prolonged facet or format, however, according to promotional president, White – he was less than surprised by Masvidal’s actions, given Covington’s pre-fight comments.
“First of all, in no way shape or form do I ever condone violence and my guys fighting each other in the streets or sh*t like that,” Dana White told on The Pat McAfee Show. “On the flip side, when you’re dealing with a guy like Jorge Masvidal and you start talking about his family, all these fighters – listen, say what you want about to say about me, you hate me, you think I’m ugly, you think I’m stupid – whatever my thing is. When you start talking about people’s families, it goes to a whole other level, man.”
White cited an “f*cking man code” which he believes should not be breached when it comes to trash talking in the sport, but insisted that he was not surprised by the extra-curricular altercation.
“If you’re talking about people’s families and you’re walking out of a restaurant you better be ready for a guy like Jorge Masvidal to run up on you,” Dana White explained. “I mean, is anybody shocked? He (Colby Covington) talked sh*t about his kids and his wife. Do you think he’s not going to do that? Of course, he’s going to do that.”
“You’ve got to understand these guys were actually friends and training partners, so they know intimate details about each other, about each other’s lives, about each other’s families,” Dana White said. “There is something that’s called f*cking man code. A lot of these young, goofy f*cking dudes these days don’t know about it – but they need to learn about it.”
Covington headlined UFC 272 against Masvidal back in March in the pair’s infamous grudge match – securing a relatively one-sided unanimous decision victory.