Santiago Ponzinibbio Is Glad Colby Covington Left ATT
Santiago Ponzinibbio believes the departure of Colby Covington from American Top Team was for the best.
Covington had appeared to be a mainstay at ATT. “Chaos” had long been singing the praises of ATT head honcho Dan Lambert. The problem lied in the fact that Covington constantly took aim at his own teammates. Lambert put a rule in place that forbade teammates from talking trash about one another but Covington broke that rule.
Eventually, Covington left ATT in favor of what he calls “Colby Covington Incorporated.” Appearing on MMAJunkie‘s Hablemos MMA show, Ponzinibbio said that Covington’s exit is beneficial to ATT as a whole.
“He had to leave the gym for all that role he started playing and bringing in a bad vibe, so he had to leave. I think it was a dumb attitude from his part and, yeah, better that he left because he was bringing a bad vibe to the gym. So it’s good that he left. It’s for the better.”
Ponzinibbio went on to say that while he did train with Covington, the two never shared a bond.
“Friendship we never had. I did train with him, but never friendship. I have nothing against him. He was never really my friend. We did share trainings a few times because we shared the same coach, Mike Brown. So we shared coach, and we would sometimes get together with Mikey and share a class, but nothing more than that.”
Covington was successful in his first bout post-ATT back in September. He defeated former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley via fifth-round TKO.