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Morning Report: Colby Covington rips Dustin Poirier’s ‘quitter mentality’ at UFC 269, dares him to ‘come up to the real man’s weight class’

UFC 268: Usman v Covington 2 Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC

This past weekend, Dustin Poirier came up short in his second shot at undisputed UFC gold, submitting to Charles Oliveira in the main event of UFC 269 and it should come as no surprise that one man is celebrating Poirier’s loss more than other: Colby Covington.

Covington and Poirier previously trained together at American Top Team before Covington’s infamous falling out with the gym last year. Since then, the two have taken shots at one another in the media and so Covington was all too happy to rip Poirier’s performance at UFC 269.

“Just the quitter mentality of Dustin,” Covington told Submission Radio. “He’s always been like that. Doesn’t like to work hard. You know, living off beating Conor McGregor. What’s the big deal about beating Conor McGregor anymore these days? I mean, he has a great legacy, did some great things in the past. The guy made a lot of money, but he doesn’t have that same drive anymore. So, beating a guy like that is not going to mean you’re going to be some world-beater or the best in the world. So, that’s what I saw. I figured he’s gonna gas out and he was going to eventually quit. And that’s what he did. Just like in the Khabib (Nurmagomedov) fight. He quits, he puts his head on the mat and he leaves his neck open so he can get rear naked choked. So, it wasn’t a surprise.”

Though there is obvious animosity between the two, Covington and Poirier have a lot in common. Both men were former interim UFC champions and both have now twice fallen short in their bids to win undisputed gold, with Covington recently losing a unanimous decision in his rematch with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Given that both men are well outside of the title conversation in their respective divisions, Covington suggested that now may be the perfect time for the two to settle their feud.

“You look at this bully that fought last night, Dustin Soy-rier. Louisiana swamp trash,” Covington said. “He said a lot of things too in the media. And now he’s saying that he might come up to 170, he wants to come fight in a real man’s weight class. So, this is another personal fight. These are different types of fights, man. This isn’t about the rankings, this is about personal grudges and being held accountable for your actions. You said it’s on site when I see you in the media, it’s this and that. He’s talking this big game like he’s a street fighter, he’s some badass fighter. Stop cutting all that weight, Dustin. Come up to the real man’s weight class, welterweight, and let’s do this, man. You talk too much sh*t. You know, you can bring your little Jezabel of a wife, bring that little kid you used a prop, bring the whole Louisiana swamp trash family, and let’s do this, man. Stop cutting all that weight, stop being a bully.”

If the UFC can’t make a fight between Covington and his former “best friend” Jorge Masvidal for some reason, perhaps a battle between Covington and Poirier can serve as a consolation prize.


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LISTEN UP

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Jack Slack. Breaking down what happened at UFC 269.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Renan Barao (34-9, 1 NC) vs. Horacio Gutierrez (7-3); Eagle FC 44, Jan. 28.

Ryan Bader (28-7, 1 NC) vs. Valentin Moldavsky (11-1); Bellator 273, Jan 29.


FINAL THOUGHTS

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