Colby Covington has leaked video footage of his former teammate Dustin Poirier dropping what he claims to be an amateur sparring partner, while attempting to make the case that ‘The Diamond’ isn’t the good guy that he’s portrayed to be in the public eye.
“Dustin is a complete joke,” Covington said on the What the Heck podcast. “I have video footage to show what type of person Dustin truly is. Everybody hypes him up to be some charitable guy, some nice guy on camera. Some nice guy off-side camera. Oh, he’s a family man. He has a kid. Yeah, his kid and his wife are props. He’s a fake piece of sh*t. The guy is a dirtbag.
“I have a video of him knocking out an amateur in the gym, and he’s celebrating, dancing around, yelling in the guy’s face. Dustin, who are you trying to impress? Dude, it’s a closed practice. You’re knocking out a guy that came to help you, and it’s an amateur. You knocked this kid out, gave him a concussion, left him senseless, his head’s shaking, you’re yelling in his face. What does that mean? Dude, you’re not a UFC world champion. You’re training for Khabib – this isn’t Khabib. … You’re in a closed practice. Beating a guy that’s a humble amateur that came to help you out for your training camp, and you’re going to concuss this guy? And you’re screaming in his face, ‘And new,’ and ‘Woo?’ Dude, this guy is not what everybody says he is.”
However, Poirier quickly shot down Covington’s claim that his sparring partner was an amateur, stating that, “he’s a pro-fighter with 20 wins.”
The fighter in question is the 29-year-old Felipe Douglas, who actually holds a 16-5 career record and has fought for promotions like Titan FC and SFL, and he has since defended Poirier against Covington’s criticism.
“It was an intense sparring session, and things like that can happen in sparring,” Douglas told mmafighting.com. “There are some people saying I wasn’t wearing gear, but there was no reason to wear training gear, because Dustin trains well, he’s not mean. He hits hard like a fight and caught me and knocked me down. The cornerman took me off the cage and didn’t let me go back.
“As far as his celebration, people saying he was making fun – that’s the mindset of a guy that is fighting for a belt. I didn’t consider it disrespectful. I don’t do it, but that’s his mindset, envisioning the fight. He was about to fight for the belt, that’s his life.”
Meanwhile, Jorge Masvidal also had a sparring memory to share about Poirier.
“Why don’t you post the video of @DustinPoirier dropping you with a body shot?” Masvidal wrote to Covington. “Always hating on people with power #supernecessary.”
Check out the sparring video below.