Despite already having a beef with ex-teammate, Jorge Masvidal that’s yet to be resolved, Colby Covington is now campaigning to settle another rivalry with former training partner Dustin Poirier in the Octagon.
Covington began by assessing Poirier’s win over Conor McGregor on Saturday night at UFC 264, and while many people have been critical of ‘The Notorious’, the welterweight title contender instead disapproved of how ‘The Diamond’ conducted himself post-fight.
“I thought it showed the ‘charitable, nice guy,’ the true character of Dustin ‘The Doofus’ Soirier last night,” Covington told mmafighting.com. “He’s out there strutting in front of Conor’s face. Obviously it was a fluke, man. Conor broke his leg. It was a fluke ending. It wasn’t a knockout, it wasn’t a clear-cut decision, it wasn’t a submission. And the guy’s out there strutting in front of the guy’s face at a downfall when that guy made his career and did everything for Dustin to give him this big fight.
“So I thought it was funny. It showed his true colors, character. He’s got his little prop, his wife Jolie out there. Obviously she’s a prop. He only uses her for a prop because he knows he’s a piece of sh*t person and he wants to act like he’s a nice guy, a family man, a father and a good husband. So I just thought it showed his true character last night. He’s a dirtbag and so is the whole camp that he resides out of.”
Covington is expected to rematch Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title next, but he’s also setting up the possibility of a showdown with Poirier down the line as well.
“It’s not my fault Dustin was saying to the media, ‘Oh, it’s on sight when I see Colby,’ but I’ve seen the guy 40 or 50 times since he said it’s on sight,” Covington said. “So who’s the man of their word, who’s not a man of their word?
“It would be a bigger money opportunity for him to [fight me] than to fight [Oliveira], because the guy he’s going to fight, he doesn’t have a draw in America, nobody really even knows who he is in Brazil. He’s just not a draw, he’s not going to sell pay-per-views. So his best money opportunity if he wants to do good business is to come up to 170 and see daddy. This is a personal rivalry. This isn’t like I’m trying to pick on someone and there’s no narrative to the fight. Man, this guy, we go back 10 years training together, and he said some things to me in the gym, I’ve said some things to him.
“There’s deep, deep, deep personal issues with this drama and this beef, and I just hope they get settled in the octagon some day.”