Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal used to be friends and training partners at the American Top Team Gym, but now they are locked in a bitter war of words, and it seems they have completely different reasons for why that’s happened.
“Jorge got jealous,” Covington claimed to mmafighting.com recently. “He got bitter. He wanted something that he couldn’t have, which was beating Demian Maia and be in position to fight for the title.
“Then as soon as I won the belt, that’s when he completely turned on me and he started talking s—t to me at the gym, at fights he’s saying stuff to me. I’m like dude stop. You’re a light round. You want to see how me and Jorge goes? Go look on YouTube. I wasn’t even trying hard. I know the haters don’t know how to turn on a girl but they should learn to turn on YouTube.”
“He’s up in his feelings,” Covington continued. “I’m the Ultimate Fighting Champion, Jorge is the ultimate feelings champion. He’s all up in his feelings. He’s jealous that I’m making more money, banging hotter chicks and if he wants to come say something to Colby “Choas” Covington, he’s going to get slapped upside his mouth.
However, Masvidal has a completely different take on their fractured friendship.
“He ripped off my coach, that was his coach,” Masvidal stated on the Dan LeBatard show. “We were with him until his title fight. After he won the title, he owed him a certain amount of money, didn’t pay him. I said if you don’t pay him I’m going to f—k you up. My coach got in between it, it doesn’t have to be like this, let it slide, since thing I ain’t talked to the dude.”
“…We were [friends] until he ripped off my coach and since then I ain’t talked to him. He’s mad because people don’t care to see him fight. They want to see him lose. That’s what they tune into. He does this whole heel thing because he couldn’t get people to regularly watch his fights so then he said if I go over the top, create this persona, people will hate me, then people will tune in.
“I don’t think it sells fights. If you go look at the people that tuned into his last fight, he has the lowest watched ESPN MMA event. I don’t know if that mathematically transgresses or what. We’re making him famous right now.”