Keen to get a rematch with Usman after he was stopped in the final round of their first meeting, the outspoken American Top Team fighter warned Masvidal: “either take the ass-whooping from Marty and get exposed... or he needs to sit the f*ck back and let the big boys play at the top of the mountain.”
Asked if he though it was likely that Masvidal would face Usman next, Covington underlined that he has been forecasting why the fight wouldn’t happen for a long time.
This interview took place before ATT’s introduction of a “zero-tolerance” policy when it comes to in-house trash talking.
“We have to find out how that plays out because I’ve been telling people in the media for months what’s going to happen with that fight,” Covington told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast.
“I said that journeyman Jorge Masvidal, AKA ‘The Street Judas’ is going to overprice himself out of the fight, he don’t want to fight Marty Fakenewsman [Usman]. He doesn’t want to fight anyone that can wrestle him because he can’t wrestle. All he can do is get lucky and throw some Hail Mary shots and land some Hail Mary knockouts and get lightening in a bottle and get a little hype on him.”
Covington eviscerated Masvidal’s record in attempt to highlight that his rise to stardom is purely based on hype:
“All Jorge is is hype. Let’s not forget the man has double-digit losses, he has almost 15 losses on his record. Let’s not forget that the guy’s a 50-50 fighter in the last four or five years when you look at his record combined. Let’s not forget the guy hasn’t beaten anyone relevant in the top-five. The guy is all hype. This is what’s sad about the sport today, all you have to do is get one or two knockouts and you get the hype on you and people think you’re a world beater - it’s not realistic,” he said.
Covington further underlined how Masvidal has out-priced himself and insisted that “Gamebred” is looking for a similar payday to Conor McGregor for the bout. For that reason, he thinks that he and Usman should meet for a second time instead.
“Jorge is not going to sign to fight. This fight was supposed to be signed a month or two ago. They’ve been dragging this fight out, trying to get this fight signed and you can see that Jorge is giving them too much issues,” he said.
“He wants the Conor fight and he thinks he deserves Conor money - he doesn’t deserve Conor money and he’s not a Conor-level fighter. He needs to get over that, get out there and either take the ass-whooping by Marty and get exposed, which I don’t think he’s going to show up for, or he needs to sit the f*ck back and let the big boys play at the top of the mountain, and that’s me against Marty Fakenewsman - round two.”
Check out Colby Covington’s latest appearance on Eurobash. It begins at 14:00.