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Colby Covington, Kenny Florian feud on Twitter over UFC Tonight segment

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A playful segment on UFC Tonight resulted in some not-so-playful words being exchanged between welterweight contender Colby Covington and FOX Sports host Kenny Florian.

The two became chippy on social media after Florian and UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley were asked to break down Covington’s path to a title shot on Wednesday. Florian suggested that Covington defeat Darren Till and Stephen Thompson before challenging Woodley, while Woodley mentioned both of those fighters as well as Kamaru Usman. He also jokingly added former champions Carlos Newton and Pat Miletich:

Suffice to say, Covington was not amused by the segment, and he took to Twitter to insult both Woodley and Florian. His shot at Florian included a reference to Florian’s resemblance to actor Ben Stiller. Covington added the hashtag “Simple Jack”, which is a mentally handicapped character that Stiller briefly portrayed in a gag as part of the film Tropic Thunder:

Florian fired back, bringing up Covington’’s recent history of controversial statements and his altercation in Brazil with Fabricio Werdum:

Covington responded in kind by referencing Florian’s January 2016 suspension from the FOX desk for plagiarizing the work of boxing analyst Lee Wylie, and also mocking Florian’s own failed title fight attempts and the competition he faced during the early days of his eight-year pro career:

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