A week ago, Covington dominated Tyron Woodley at UFC Vegas at UFC Vegas 11, stopping the former champion in the fifth round. Following the win, Covington called for a bout with either current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman or with former-friend-turned-bitter-enemy Jorge Masvidal. Fortunately for Covington, at the UFC 253 press conference this past weekend, Dana White concurred that a fight between Covington and Masvidal was the fight that made the most sense, and Covington couldn’t be happier, if Masvidal will agree to the bout, that is.
“This needs to be settled,” Covington told Submission Radio. “We’re the top fighters in the world, his hype is coming to an end, and I want to be the one to put it to an end. I’m sick of him talking to the media and not having to account for his words. . .
“Dana White came up to me after my fight immediately and said, ‘Hey, we want to do you versus Street Judas Masvidal.’ I accepted right on that night, in that minute. He knows I’m on board, the UFC knows I’m on board, now it’s just about getting Street Judas Masvidal onboard. That guy is scared. He’s scared of my shadow. If my shadow was around him, he’d be running. So who knows if he’ll show up to the octagon. I don’t want to have to beat him up in the streets of Miami because I am the King of Miami, but I don’t want to beat him up in the streets of Miami. because if I beat him up there, no one is going to pay his hospital bills. At least if I go out there and expose him in front of the world in the UFC octagon on live television, then he’ll get his medical bills paid for.”
Covington and Masvidal have a long and sordid history together. Previously teammates and “best friends” at American Top Team, a divide formed between the two fighters as Masvidal began emerging as a star in the UFC, eventually resulting in Covington leaving American Top Team. Since then, the two have constantly attacked each other in the media and, with Masvidal coming off his decision loss to Kamaru Usman earlier this summer, the time may finally be right for them to settle up inside the cage. The issue is that rumors have abounded that Masvidal is interested in another fight with Nate Diaz, a rematch of their ‘BMF’ title bout last year. But Covington says that fight cannot and should not be made.
“The thing is, Jorge is gonna have to show up to fight me one day,” Covington said. “He’s got to pay his ex-wife’s lawyer fees, he’s got to pay alimony payments, he’s got some other payments he’s got to pay, so he’s gonna be broke soon, he’s gonna come running to daddy, and he knows the only money fight he’s getting is me. I’m his money fight. That other fight they’re trying to do with that Soy Boy, they’re not trying to do that fight. That’s just a fight he’s begging for because he won it one-sided and now he’s looking for an easy fight. This is the fight that’s being presented to him, it’s the only fight that should be made, and it’s the biggest fight, probably, that they can make in the UFC right now. It’s a pay-per-view main event, it’s a five-rounder, it’s an exciting matchup with fireworks on the line. I’m not gonna be looking to dance on his feet like Marty Fakenewsman did, I’m gonna be looking to dance on his face, break his face, and he’s leaving that octagon in a body bag. Mark my words.”
The appeal of a Diaz fight is pretty obvious for Masvidal, he was handily winning their first bout before a cut caused the fight to be stopped. A rematch affords Masvidal a marque event in a matchup that he knows he fares well in. It doesn’t, however, get him much closer to another title shot though, which is something Masvidal is adamant that he is after. A win over Covington would do just that and, ‘Chaos’ is even looking to throw in a sweetener for Masvidal: having the fight in his own backyard.
“It’s got to be a PPV main event,” Covington said. “There’s no doubt about it. We’re two of the biggest draws in the company and we just so happen to be in the same weight class, and it just so happens we used to be best friends. . . I think the best place to propose it for would be American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. I think that would be a great ticket and hopefully, by the time fans come back, December or January. It’s perfect, it aligns perfect, and there’s a big market for MMA in Miami. People want to see fighting in Miami and I think the UFC needs to come back to Miami.”
Masvidal was born in Miami and is much beloved in the city. Though there is no set timeline on when the UFC will begin hosting events outside of ‘Fight Island’ or the UFC Apex, there have been some suggestions the UFC could start returning to some semblance of normalcy early next year. With Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently lifting some of the state’s coronavirus restrictions, and publicly announcing an interest in hosting sporting events with full fan bases again soon, Miami could certainly make sense as a destination for the UFC, and headlining a Miami event with a Jorge Masvidal fight is a no-brainer. So, according to Covington, the only thing that might not add up to a happy ending for eveyrone is Masvidal himself.
“It’s all in Street Judas Masvidal’s court,” Covington said. “He doesn’t want this fight because he knows what’s going to happen, deep down inside. He can say whatever he wants, he said a lot of stuff before, but if you guys didn’t notice, look at him now. He’s silent. He’s got nothing to say because he knows what’s coming, he knows what’s in front of him. He knows he’s gonna get embarrassed in front of the world.”
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UFC 253 post-fight show.
UFC 253 post-fight press conference.
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SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
When I sit on a plane home...— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) September 27, 2020
I sometimes think “what if I lost this one”
I’ve been there, that plane ride suuucks!
Hence why I own these wins the way I do.
Especially when they talk hella shit!
Look at how pumped Joanna is for Jan.
Izzy making friends.
Haha I’ve been talking about deducting points and not permitting weight misses for years but nobody with authority cares what I say. Thank you Israel for speaking up because you have more power. @stylebender https://t.co/1gyItKNcKG pic.twitter.com/k2AjAtTJh2— Roxanne Modafferi (@Roxyfighter) September 28, 2020
Now this would be fun.
Hey Adesanya! Great fight! You are awsome! I have some things to do first, but who knows I have the honor of sharing the octagon with you here soon!— Thiago Marreta (@TMarretaMMA) September 27, 2020
Jon Jones has serious FOMO.
Would you guys be annoyed if I went back and grabbed my belt real quick?— BONY (@JonnyBones) September 27, 2020
The more I think about it, I’m glad the belt went to such a humble guy. I’m sincerely happy for Jan.— BONY (@JonnyBones) September 27, 2020
Anyone can have a world-class performance when all the stars align. But can you do it performance after performance, compete with the absolute best for over a decade? The truth is, most can’t.— BONY (@JonnyBones) September 27, 2020
Conor to Dana.
Code was broke when you lied about me turning down fights mate. I said Justin in May and you went and said I did not want to fight. It’s not about Diego. Diego was a filler to get more fights in.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 27, 2020
Also you have been involved in Manny talks the legal letters are there.
@TheNotoriousMMA Not a good look lying on the boss. Anything to not look like a bitch. You had me in January I was calling on you left and right and not a peep. My manager asked if I wanted you after Tony but you know, fuck you. You never wanted it, you took the easy road kid. https://t.co/O1xAhMwdju— Justin Gaethje (@Justin_Gaethje) September 28, 2020
Also, Conor still interested in a fight with Diego because . . . reasons.
I am still interested in a fight with you somewhere down the line Diego Sanchez. A true warrior and pioneer of this sport. It would be my honour! Some journalists and promoters and their lack of respect for what the fighters put into this game make me sick.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 27, 2020
Things must change!
I now pronounce you, corn to the core.
Just got ordained, you’re welcome. ⛪️— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) September 27, 2020
“Fhjsieienndksidjdjekdj... you may now kiss the bride”— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) September 27, 2020
Dricus Du Plessis (14-2) vs. Markus Perez (12-3); UFC Fight Night, Oct. 10.
Jan Blachowicz, UFC champion. Man, that’s weird to say.
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