Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington have finally agreed to face off in the octagon and settle the score once and for all this weekend.
The bad blood has been simmering for years, but with Masvidal pulling out of his fight with Leon Edwards late last year due to injury and Covington failing to defeat Kamaru Usman for the midweight title. – UFC means at its second attempt, the stars have lined up for the former teammates to meet.
Once upon a time, Covington said the pair would never face each other unless there was a belt in play. He called them Batman and Robin.
They were close friends who trained together at American Top Team. Many photos on social networks prove it.
In fact, Masvidal said Covington lived on his couch for a while and in 2020 a video emerged of a commercial the couple did together years ago.
It’s unclear exactly when that was – although Masvidal’s haircut suggests circa 2015 – but what’s clear is that they’re promoting diamond cuts, something that helps fighters protect their groin area.
Now we are far from that kind of friendship. Many believe Covington sold his soul in an effort to make money and become famous. Many believe he is dividing on purpose, including Masvidal.
But Covington says the reason they had a falling out was because his former friend got jealous of his success.
“He’s the kind of guy that when you do something for him, he’ll use you,” Covington told Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “As long as you do better than him and don’t help him anymore, then he doesn’t care about you.
“And that’s exactly what happened because when he was beaten by Demian Maia and I went there and destroyed [Maia] in his home country, that’s when our relationship started to take a different turn.
“He started acting differently towards me as a competitor. Now I make more money than him, fuck hotter chicks than him, and do better in life than him. He’s just a jealous little b****.
Masvidal has a different take on what happened. ‘Gamebred’ says Covington didn’t pay his trainer at ATT what he was owed after the Maia fight and hasn’t spoken to him since.
“He ripped off my trainer, it was his trainer. We were with him until his [interim] title fight. After he won the title, he owed him a certain amount of money, he didn’t pay it,” he told The Dan LeBatard Show in September 2019.
“I said if you don’t pay it, I’m going to fuck you up. My trainer intervened, since I haven’t spoken to the guy.
“It’s like that. All those words have consequences because that guy was sleeping on my couch, eating on me because I was the one with the sponsors. He was still relatively amateurish and I was helping that guy.
“It hurts that he’s doing this in a way just for a like on Facebook, just for a retweet on Twitter, he does this, to get you and me talking about him.
“He’s angry because people don’t care to see him fight,” he continued. “They want to see him lose. That’s what they’re looking for.
Masvidal was on track to face Edwards at UFC 269 in another grudge match, but injury kept him out.
Edwards will likely get a title shot in his next outing now that the path to Usman is a bit clearer. It is very possible that the winner of Masivdal and Covington will face the champion then, especially if Edwards were to be that champion.
Otherwise, it could be difficult for both men to plead for a third time against Usman.