Colby Covington Says Jorge Masvidal Fight Is Massive PPV Draw
Colby Covington sees big money in a fight with Jorge Masvidal.
Covington and Masvidal were once close friends and training partners at American Top Team. The two were even roommates at some point. Things have turned sour over the past year. Covington blasted Masvidal and called him a “trash bag” for asking for a UFC Welterweight Title opportunity. Masvidal returned fire and the two have been trading barbs ever since.
Covington may have had harsh words for Masvidal but he does admit there is appeal and drawing power with “Gamebred.” Speaking to James Lynch for Line Movement, Covington said he feels there is no bigger fight the UFC can book than a matchup with Masvidal.
“The dialogue on that potential fight was immediately after I got out of the Octagon, Dana White came up to me and said, ‘Hey, we want to do you and Jorge Masvidal next.’ That’s a great fight. That’s what sells. It’s a money fight. It’s one of the biggest fights. It’s bigger than most of the title fights. I don’t know if there’s a bigger fight in the UFC right now than me and him. We’re definitely the biggest fight in our own weight division. So it’s definitely the biggest fight to make. It’s a pay-per-view seller.”
Covington is fresh off a fifth-round TKO win over former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley. It’s his first stoppage victory since August 20, 2016. It was also a nice rebound for “Chaos,” who was coming off a TKO loss to Kamaru Usman, the current 170-pound titleholder.
Masvidal’s last outing was a unanimous decision loss to Usman. It was “Gamebred’s” first title opportunity under the UFC banner. A rematch between Masvidal and Nate Diaz was said to be the UFC’s plan moving forward but UFC President Dana White admitted that Covington vs. Masvidal is too good to pass on.