Chael Sonnen has suggested in a recent video that Jorge Masvidal’s next fight against Colby Covington at UFC 272 could be “career-ending”, and now ‘Gamebred’ has had a chance to respond.
“In all fairness, I’ve really got to show respect to Masvidal because this is a career-ending fight,” Sonnen had said on his YouTube channel. “It is that big of a deal. There will be that much attention and that much focus and that much hatred going into this battle that Jorge – who is the second biggest draw in combat right now, who’s coming off of two defeats – if he goes out there and he gets taken down and he gets mauled for 25 minutes, it is going to take a lot of luster off of the shine that is the second biggest draw, the BMF, Jorge Masvidal.
“It’s a big deal, and Jorge signed up anyway. God damn, I respect that.”
Needless to say, Masvidal, who is coming off back-to-back losses against current champion Kamaru Usman, caught wind of that and admits that he wasn’t too happy about it.
“I personally like Chael — a little bothered by that comment, but it’s kind of like it just sets up the f*cking mountain to be a lot higher,” Masvidal said on The MMA Hour show. “When I climb it, and Chael’s like, ‘I can’t believe you climbed that mountain,’ I’m going to be like, ‘I told you, b*tch.’
“I get it, man,” Masvidal continued. “Two white boys from Oregon, they both have that sleazeball style, like, cutting edge at the time. I thought Chael did it in a more classy way, but he still said things that didn’t need to be said, like bringing up Anderson Silva’s wife. So those type of guys gotta stick together.
“But I like him, though, because Chael is the type of guy that will go back and apologize. So when I f*cking murder Colby, he has to be like, ‘Holy sh*t, this guy deserves a title fight,’ and blah, blah, blah.”
Masvidal also went on to break down why he thinks Covington has followed in Sonnen’s footsteps in terms of his trash-talking style outside of the Octagon, and how ‘Chaos’ outspoken ways may be affecting future generations in a negative way.
“Chael had to be so sh*t-talking because he didn’t have an exciting style for a long time; he was just wrestling guys to death. So he had to do that extra talking and get himself over like that. That influenced guys like Colby — that’s all he does.
“[Covington] has to talk about people’s wives. Like, how f*cking low of a society have we gotten, that’s even acceptable? You’re talking about people’s wives for no reason? Talking about Amanda Nunes’ team? In doing that, he inspires the future generations. So some 12-year-old may be looking at him, thinking, ‘Oh, this is the way to go, to insult a whole nation to get yourself over,’ because you weren’t selling pay-per-views, because you can’t fight, so you have to insult a whole country now.
“It just doesn’t make sense to me. We’re already going to fight as men. We’re going to give it all we have to each other. We don’t have to talk about things like children, women, religion, people’s countries. To make jokes, I think it’s cool to get under somebody’s skin. But to go to that level of disrespect, it’s not — and what’s even worse is that it might inspire future generations to do it. And that I won’t stand for. We’ve got to crush it.”