UFC president Dana White has already announced that he wants to book Usman against Masvidal at International Fight Week in Las Vegas but the fight is far from official.
As much as the UFC might want the fight to happen, Usman and Masvidal still have to go through contract negotiations before anything can be signed, sealed and delivered.
According to Covington, he doesn’t buy for a second that Masvidal will actually put pen to paper on a contract to face Usman before he tries to gouge the UFC for a whole lot of money. Instead Covington believes once Masvidal’s demands aren’t met, he will get the rematch with Usman after falling to the reigning 170-pound champion by fifth round TKO in their first meeting from this past December.
“To be honest, I’m calling it right now — let all the people know. Let Dana [White] and all the people know in this interview that “Street Judas” also known as “Journeyman” Jorge Masvidal is not going to fight “Marty Fakenewsman,” Covington told MMA Fighting. “He’s going to wait and price himself out.
“He’s going to try and wait to fight “Con Man” [Conor] McGregor, the little Irish leprechaun, who couldn’t knock an old dude off a barstool. The guy’s got no f*cking power. He couldn’t fight himself out of a wet paper bag. But we’re not talking about “Con Man” McGregor. We’re talking about “Street Judas.” He’s going to think he’s worth more, his value is more and he’s going to wait for Conor or even a Nate Diaz rematch, the soy boy, because everybody knows those Stockton slaps don’t do sh*t. He’s going to price himself out.”
In addition to the issues surrounding Masvidal, Covington isn’t certain that Usman really wants that fight to happen either.
“What “Marty Fakenewsman” is going to do, he’s going to fake injuries again,” Covington said. “He’s going to make up injuries. He does not want to fight anybody. He doesn’t want to fight Colby “Chaos” Covington again because he knows he got his ass beat on Dec. 14 and he got lucky and he got saved by a ref. He got life rafts from a ref.
“We’ll have to see what happens. I don’t think “Journeyman” Jorge Masvidal is stepping up to the plate.”
Covington has already gone on a very public campaign calling for the rematch with Usman while blasting referee Marc Goddard for what he considered to be an early stoppage in the first fight. He also complained about Goddard calling a pair of fouls that slowed down his momentum, particularly a groin shot that he claims didn’t land low on Usman.
That’s why Covington is calling for the rematch and if Usman is willing to face him again in July, he’ll sign the contract as soon as it comes across his table.
“That’s the perfect time,” Covington said. “By July, International Fight Week, I’m coming back for the people. I’m coming back for America. I’m America’s champ. At International Fight Week, the champion is going to defend his title. It’s going to be a rematch of what went down Dec. 14, this time with a real and fair playing field. It’s going to be a completely different fight.
“The rematch is going to be completely different because it will be a fair playing field and I will get my hand raised for the people.”