Colby Covington might be ranked at number two at 170 pounds, but Jorge Masvidal isn’t interested in a fight against his former teammate any time soon.
Covington and Masvidal used to be training partners at American Top Team in Florida, but the two have since broken apart from their friendship. Masvidal fell short in his bid for the title this past weekend at UFC 251, losing a unanimous decision to Kamaru Usman. ‘Gamebred’ addressed potential opponents for his next fight talking post-fight.
“The fragile guy with the MAGA hat, definitely not him,” Masvidal said about Covington at the UFC 251 post-fight press conference. “Cause he got finished by this guy with a full training camp. He had like 12 weeks and he got finished by that guy. That guy’s below me and this dude by a lot.
“Six days’ notice and I was nowhere near getting hurt or getting put out. The gas tank wasn’t the best but I wasn’t going nowhere as far as damage goes. Everybody could see that. So definitely not that punk.” (Transcription via MMA Fighting)
Covington (15-2) suffered his first loss in seven fights to Usman last December, getting stopped in the fifth round. While Masvidal said he may be open to a fight against Leon Edwards, who he also has a history with following an encounter at UFC London last year, he remained adamant a fight with Covington is not on the cards.
“Besides you and a couple reporters in here, nobody knows that guy,” Masvidal said. “And he just got finished by the guy that I fought on six days’ notice. He got his jaw broken, had to run out of there. I don’t think he’s at this level. But I don’t know who it’s going to be. Whoever makes the most sense for us.”
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