Though the two fight out of the same gym at American Top Team in Florida, Covington’s antics have put him on an island and placed him at odds with teammates that he was once thought to be close with, like fellow welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal. Covington recently had words for Masvidal on social media when he saw that Masvidal was campaigning to be in the main event of UFC 244 opposite Nate Diaz (a spot that Covington believed was meant for him and UFC champion Kamaru Usman).
So what does this have to do with Poirier?
On Saturday, it was announced that Masvidal and Diaz got their wish and would be headlining the Nov. 2 pay-per-view at Madison Square Garden, with a one-time only “BMF” (Bad Mother F*cker) belt to be made for the occasion.
Following his lightweight championship bout loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov on Saturday, Poirier was asked by one reporter at the UFC 242 post-fight press conference whether he would be interested in claiming the BMF title for himself given that he holds wins over fellow BMFers Eddie Alvarez, Justin Gaethje, and Anthony Pettis.
Poirier answered that there was no circumstance under which he would fight Masvidal, who also trains at ATT.
“Jorge is a buddy of mine. I don’t sell out like f**king Colby Covington,” Poirier said. “I don’t talk bad about people who I roll with. No, Jorge is a buddy of mine, I won’t fight him. He’s a training partner. He’s a good guy.
“If anything, I’ll go out to Florida and help him with that fight [against Diaz].”
A bout between Poirier and Covington seems unlikely given that they are in different weight classes, but that didn’t stop “Chaos” from taking a shot at Poirier in a promotional video for a betting website that he posted prior to UFC 242.
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“Like I always tell you guys, I’m not here to make friends. I’m here to make money,” Covington said. “So go pound that Khabib money line, ‘cause Dustin can’t stuff a nose bleed. How’s he gonna stuff a takedown?”