Coach Confirms Colby Covington’s Leaked Information On Jorge Masvidal’s Injury
This past weekend, Jorge Masvidal was supposed to meet No. 3-ranked welterweight contender Leon Edwards in the UFC’s final pay-per-view of the year.
But word broke a month before the event that Masvidal had to withdraw because of an “undisclosed injury.” Earlier this month, Colby Covington claimed to have obtained leaked information concerning the injury that forced Masvidal vs. Edwards to be canceled from the December 11 PPV.
During an interview with Ariel Helwani, Masvidal stated there’s no reason to publicize his ailments online. Still, Covington alleged that the BMF titleholder injured his ribs during preparation camp.
Former featherweight competitor and current American Top Team Coach Mike Brown now verified that Covington’s information was correct in an interview with ESPN MMA before American Top Team standout Dustin Poirier’s main event bout with Charles Oliveira.
According to the famous instructor, Masvidal sustained a “very significant rib injury” that prevented him from competing at UFC 269.
“Jorge Masvidal was training like crazy, man. This guy was back to the laboratory as always, working his ass off, and he was in shape. I feel like we were just starting to begin to peak to the fight a little bit but I don’t know how many weeks we were out. Maybe four weeks out and he got a pretty good cartilage tear,” Brown said.
“A pretty tough rib injury and I know it was significant where you are not going to be training for like four to six weeks when you have a major tear like that. It was going to be impossible to go through with a fight at that point so we had to cut it.”