This week has seen Colby Covington call his former “best friend” Jorge Masvidal a “pawn” in the UFC’s plot against him, taking a pittance to replace him in the main event of UFC 244 on November 2nd.
Masvidal addressed his former friend as a guest on Tuesday’s edition of the Ariel Helwani Show.
“I’m getting paid and not played, that’s for sure. Listen, your boy is happy. They took care of me,” said Masvidal of his pay day to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 244.
“There is going to be a lot of bitches coming out. When I say bitches, I’m not talking about my female listeners or fans, no. It’s particular individuals who are bitches, who are attention whores, who are very salty individuals. They’re pretty salty, but when these numbers come out? Man, some heads are going to pop.”
While Masvidal is elated at the payday and the eventual heads that will pop upon it being revealed, Covington blasted Masvidal as a “journeyman” following the fight announcement, claiming the UFC treated his negotiations for a fight against Kamaru Usman inside Madison Square Garden like a “hostage negotiation.”
“They didn’t give me a negotiation. They said ‘take this or we’ll just move onto someone else’. That’s not negotiating. That’s bad business and if that’s how they want to do business, that’s their problem. That’s not my problem,” Covington said in an interview this week.
“They came with those hostage negotiations. They come and say ‘take this offer or we’ll just move onto the next person’. That’s not how negotiating works. I read ‘Art of the Deal’ from Donald Trump. I know how to work a deal and how deals work. They’re not going to take advantage of me and try to put me in a hostage position where they don’t give me any say or any room to negotiate. That’s not fair and it’s not right.”