Colby Covington, in his second attempt to wrest undisputed UFC gold from Kamaru Usman on Saturday night, lost a unanimous decision in the main event of UFC 268. Immediately following the loss, Covington was respectful towards Usman in the cage, shaking his hand and, it appeared, squashing the beef between the two. However, the geniality was short-lived and by the time Covington made it to the post-fight press conference, he was already arguing for another shot at the champion. But given that he now has two losses to Usman, Covington is going to need to earn his way back up the ladder and the former interim welterweight champion knows just where to start: his old buddy Jorge Masvidal.
The story of Covington and Masvidal is a Shakespearian tragedy or, depending how you feel about both men, perhaps a comedy. Long-time training parters at American Top Team and self-proclaimed “best friends,” the two began drifting apart publicly when Masvidal moved up to welterweight and rapidly rose to the top of the division. With both men jockeying for title shots, tensions boiled over (though Masvidal says things actually fell apart when Covington allegedly “ripped off” one of their mutual coaches) and Covington left American Top Team, moving to MMA Masters. Since then he and Masvidal have been bitter enemies, constantly taking shots at one another in the media and repeatedly being rumored to fight, and now, Covington thinks the time is right.
“I think the most logical step is the heated rivalry with me and my old roommate Street Judas Masvidal,” Covington said at his UFC 268 post-fight scrum. “He should probably pull out of that fight with Leon Scott (Leon Edwards) and we should just run it. Let’s run it in the first quarter of the first part of the year, and let’s do it, man. That’s a heated rivalry.
“He talks so much sh*t in the media and said so many things about me. Look at what happened when he fought Marty (Usman). He got dusted. If he fought me, he would get dusted even worse and it wouldn’t be competitive. I just want to hold these people accountable for the way they run their mouth in the media, and it makes sense.
“If he goes ahead with that Leon Scott fight, then Hunter Campbell, I just pray to you, please God, don’t cut him after that third loss in a row. Save him around and let me be the one that ends his career.”
Unfortunately for Covington, Masvidal is currently occupied. “Gamebred” is scheduled to settle another old feud of his when he faces Leon Edwards in a featured welterweight bout at UFC 269 next month. However, the BMF champion appears to be game once he settles up with Edwards, saying on social media that he plans to “expose the fake real soon” and then blasting Covington once more for good measure.
Gonna expose the fake real soon. Like father like son https://t.co/PigmvfO3fp— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) November 7, 2021
The streets don’t belong to the fake https://t.co/0JMjrL8smL— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) November 7, 2021
2021-2022 prediction: Colby burns MMA master like he has every gym and every coach he ever had by not paying and talking shit on the way out. Rinse wash repeat— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) November 7, 2021
Covington and Masvidal have been rumored for a fight with one another several times before but the bout has never materialized. Now though, with both men having two losses to Usman and no immediate prospects at receiving a third title shot, following UFC 269 a grudge match between the two may finally come to fruition.
Reaction. Kamaru Usman reacts to Colby Covington shaking his hand after UFC 268, open to third fight in the future.
Character. Colby Covington argues he deserved win at UFC 268, ‘no respect’ for ‘cheating coward’ Kamaru Usman despite post-fight handshake.
UFC 268 Post Show.
UFC 268 Post Fight Press Conference.
On to UFC 269.
Fight of the Year.
On to the Next One. Matchmaking following UFC 268.
Severe MMA. Discussing UFC 268 and Bellator 270.
SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE
In a 8 week camp you made tremendous growth. Many people had you wining the first 3 rounds of the fight but at the end of the day, the 3 judges is what matters. It’s been a honor to work with you champion and I know it’s only the beginning of Weili 2.0. China will rise again pic.twitter.com/VbXSkmRkxa— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) November 7, 2021
Give this woman her fight.
Random thought . I do not want to see Frankie Edgar compete in MMA anymore . At best once more . He carried the sport for years , former UFC champ, competed at 3 different weight classes. He has nothing else to prove or achieve . A complete legend of the sport #JustMyOpinion— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) November 8, 2021
Who does Chito @chitoveraUFC think he is?! Nobody can show such things to Frankie. I put your finger up your ass soon boy!— Timur Valiev (@timurvaliev_df) November 7, 2021
A lot of fans, and even media laughed at me when I pointed out the slippery ass canvas. This is a major issue! It’s taking away from the efficiency of certain techniques in comparison to how we do them in training. #SlipGate pic.twitter.com/Gp1Hbsw1Ti— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) November 7, 2021
What a coincidence, my little brother is the goat for his organization too!! How cool! pic.twitter.com/vGMKfIQL9m— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 8, 2021
Got Picograms?— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 8, 2021
One could definitely argue that, the man is doing some serious work https://t.co/ebQRPO0qwr— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 8, 2021
Sums it up.
An emotional weekend of fighting this weekend. If you do this sport, win, lose or draw you’re the fucking man/woman and don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise! Congrats to all and thank you for the sheer entertainment!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 7, 2021
What a sport! What a game!
What a life! Thank you all ❤️☘️
Perhaps it’s recency bias but that was the best fight card of the year. Props where do, great work UFC.
Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.
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