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Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal reacts to Colby Covington’s American Top Team departure: ‘He was just a cancer’

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The smile on Jorge Masvidal’s face said it all.

The UFC’s “BMF” champ shed no tears over the departure of Colby Covington from American Top Team, calling the ex-interim champ “a cancer” on the gym who will “end up fighting in Indian gaming halls for his life.”

“At the end of the day, he didn’t feel safe in here, man,” Masvidal said to ESPN. “I wonder why.”

Masvidal was one of several fighters at ATT who said they’d settle things with their fists after being the target of Covington’s trash talk. At the peak of the animosity against Covington, the gym’s owner, Dan Lambert, took special pains to keep the brash fighter away from those who might engage in an unsanctioned fight on gym property.

Lambert eventually created a rule against trash talking teammates that weren’t booked to fight, with the penalty for violation a pink slip from the gym. That was the beginning of the end, Covington said on Wednesday.

If there is one thing Masvidal and Covington agree on, the move was for the best.

“I’m not exaggerating what I’m saying – this is a temple for me,” Masvidal said. “It’s somewhat of a religious experience for me being in here, being in here since I was a kid, you know? My good days, my bad days, my birthdays, all days I’ve spent in this gym, sharpening my tools.

“I truly love this place, so I don’t like to see that animosity, even if he had never said a word about me, what type of teammate, or man – he’s not a man, but – with the sport that we’re in that you can insult a woman? He insulted Joanna [Jedrzejczyk]. He insulted Amanda [Nunes]. He insulted Dustin [Poirier]. These people are not in your weight class.

“I get it – you’re trying to do this thing that you’re some kind of heel. What’s that have to do with a woman? A 115-pound woman, or a 135-pound woman? Are you going to compete against them? Are you going to sell more pay-per-views because you’re talking about Amanda and Joanna? Answer me that. Is that’s what’s going to happen? People are going to be like, he’s talking smack about chicks, I’m going to go buy the pay-per-view? It just sets a bad example for our team and our sport.”

In the wake of Covington’s departure, Masvidal, who remains unbooked despite a title shot targeted by the promotion for UFC 251, said all memories of the welterweight have been scrubbed from the gym.

Once Covington’s roommate and public defender, Masvidal dismissed the 32-year-old UFC vet as yesterday’s news. He predicted Covington’s career would only sink further without the world-class gym’s resources.

“His next fight, he’s going to get knocked out, and he’s going to end up fighting in Indian gaming halls for his life, man,” Masvidal said. “I’m pretty sure he’s just done, man. Life is going to get him out of there. I don’t see him winning anymore – not at a high level. But if they give him some new guy who just came in, maybe. If they have him out there against top competition, he won’t hang.

“He’s a fragile dude, man. He’s not a guy that’s mentally strong. I remember he used to cry on my couch all the time. When he broke his hand the first time, he lived on my couch for eight, nine months. Didn’t have a job, couldn’t fight, had a broken hand, and he thought about quitting two or three times. So mentally, he’s weak. I’ve been hearing the same thing about the jaw. I’d be surprised if he even comes back to fight. He was going to fight with me? He wasn’t training anywhere. He was just [talking].”


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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Conor.

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Oof.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Jose Aldo (28-6) vs. Petr Yan (14-1); UFC 251, July 11.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Shouts to Steven Marrocco who threw a strong assist for today’s TMR. Teamwork makes the dream work.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


EXIT POLL

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