Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal might train together under the same training facility but, according to ‘Chaos’, their friendship ended a long time ago.
This is partly because Covington views Masvidal, a fellow UFC welterweight contender, as a threat to his family’s financial security.
“That tweet came from Jorge trying to get in the way of my money and I take that money very serious,” Covington told MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin in a recent interview. “That’s food on the table for my mom, my dad, the life they never had, my family. I come from a very broke background and now he’s trying to mess with my money and my business so now you’re a competitor.
“Now you’re in my sights. That’s been a long time coming. People think we’ve been friends recently but that friendship ended a long time ago.”
Covington accused American Top Team (ATT) teammate Masvidal of becoming ‘bitter’ and ‘jealous’ after he dominated Demian Maia in a lopsided bout at UFC Fight Night 119 in Maia’s hometown Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“When he got beat up by Demian Maia and then I had to come up and clean up the scraps and completely decimate Demian Maia in his hometown of Sao Paulo, that’s when the relationship ended,” Covington explained. “Jorge got jealous. He got bitter. He wanted something that he couldn’t have, which was beating Demian Maia and be in position to fight for the title.
“Then as soon as I won the belt, that’s when he completely turned on me and he started talking s—t to me at the gym, at fights he’s saying stuff to me. I’m like dude stop. You’re a light round. You want to see how me and Jorge goes? Go look on YouTube. I wasn’t even trying hard. I know the haters don’t know how to turn on a girl but they should learn to turn on YouTube.”
Covington then labelled Masvidal ‘The Ultimate Feelings Champion’, because the ex-street fighter gets too emotional and upset about his teammate’s success.
“He’s up in his feelings,” Covington said. “I’m the Ultimate Fighting Champion, Jorge is the ultimate feelings champion. He’s all up in his feelings. He’s jealous that I’m making more money, banging hotter chicks and if he wants to come say something to Colby “Choas” Covington, he’s going to get slapped upside his mouth.
“It’s a real possibility that he’s my next fight. If Usman keeps playing games and hardball with the UFC, they might just strip him and it could be me versus Jorge. I’m not afraid to go down that path and have to fight him. It’s a rather easy fight but if we’ve got to fight, we’ve got to fight. We might be fighting before that. We both train at American Top Team under Dan Lambert so you never know what’s going to happen.”
Masvidal is scheduled to take on Nate Diaz for the ‘BMF’ belt at UFC 244 on Nov. 2 in New York, where as Covington, the former interim welterweight champion, is currently without an opponent. Negotiations for the Kamaru Usman fight fell through after Covington accused the UFC of treating him as a ‘hostage’.
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