With the UFC rivalry of the year between former UFC welterweight champion Colby “Chaos” Covington and BMF belt holder Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal, ready for March 5th, the two talked to “First Take” host Stephen A. Smith to explain their issues on Stephen A’s world.
However, what started as a conversation quickly regressed into a no-holds-barred verbal dissection of old wounds and promises of a fight laced with bad intentions.
The former teammates at South Florida’s famed American Top Team gym are now bitter rivals in the welterweight division who intend to advance their careers by dismantling each other in and out of the UFC Octagon.
“It first started out with this piece of sh*t not paying my coach $12,500 for a fight that my coach coached him his whole f**king career,” said Masvidal to start off the tirade. “Then, when he had the chance to finally pay back the $12,500, he didn’t. So, I went out there and paid my coach out of my own pocket, so since then, it was like I’m going to f**k him up at some point.”
Covington smiled while shaking his head at Masvidal’s reexamination of the beef, and an already triggered “Gamebred” only became hotter.
“Look at him smiling; he can’t even keep a straight face, yet everyone at American Top Team knows that’s why he got kicked out, soon to be kicked out of this gym because you don’t pay your bills and your drowning in debt from all the loan sharks that you owe money in South Florida from poker.
“You know what is going to happen to you if you don’t pay that money. Keep smiling, little b**ch. I can’t wait to break those fake teeth. He ain’t got sh*t to say; he’s a broke b***h.”
When Covington got his turn, he immediately attempted to dismiss Masvidal’s narrative and played up to Smith’s distaste for the Dallas Cowboys.
“It’s fake news, Stephen, it’s fake news,” said Covington. “Anything Jorge Masvidal says is a lie. You can’t believe anything he says; he’s all talk, no walk. Yeah, he’s getting paid a lot of money like Dak Prescott for the Cowboys, but he ain’t doing anything. He ain’t doing anything.
“Stephen A., you can ask his owner, his master Dan Lambert actually knows how much I got paid. That night I got that paycheck, I got paid half of what they said, the commission said I made doubled what they said, I got half that.”
Tale Of The Tape
Both Masvidal and Covington are coming off losses to current UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman.
The two are set to face off for the first time at UFC 272 next Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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Covington and Masvidal have a like-minded ideology as fervent supporters of Donald Trump. Both were two of his biggest supporters during the last presidential election cycle, and Trump and his family have frequently attended both Covington’s and Masvidal’s fights in the past.
However, the South Florida teammates-turned-rivals are ready to watch their animus explode before the world stage.
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