After all, Covington, the former UFC interim welterweight champion, has taken his trolling schtick to Andy Kaufman-esque levels, and Masvidal’s management team is known for funneling its fighters to media members who are a little too open to going along with preferred storylines.
Still, though, when both fighters appeared on Monday’s edition of “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,” the rift that has apparently developed between Covington and Masvidal at least seemed legit.
For his part, Covington, who does not currently have his next fight lined up after negotiations for a shot at Kamaru Usman’s belt went south, believes that his “ex-best friend” Masvidal is not the type of person to be a friend through thick and thin.
“The state of my relationship with Jorge Masvidal is, he’s the type of guy that, when you’re doing something for him, he’ll use you,” Covington said. “As long as you’re doing better than him and you’re not helping him anymore, then he doesn’t care about you.”
And Covington found that the more successful he became — he’s won seven in a row and 10 of his 11 UFC matchups — the more distant Masvidal became.
“That’s exactly what happened, because when he got beat up by Demian Maia, and then I completely destroyed Demian Maia in his own country, that’s when the relationship started to get a little bit different,” Covington said. “He started to act different toward me, like a competitor.”
Masvidal, for his part, is going to headline UFC 244 against Nate Diaz at New York’s Madison Square Garden in large part because the fans believe this is a matchup of the two realest fighters in the game.
So you can understand why the accusations of phoniness would stick in Masvidal’s craw. You don’t usually hear Masvidal air dirty laundry from the gym. But Masvidal referenced an apparent incident between an ATT coach and Covington, and said such things should stay in house.
“This is supposed to be between me and him,” Masvidal said. “Not between me and the (expletive) world.”
With that in mind, Masvidal said if Covington really does have an issue with him, and this isn’t just his latest attempt to create attention, Covington knows where to find him, far away from the cameras and internet shows.
“All I know is that he knows what (expletive) gym I’m at and when I’m (expletive) there. Or actually maybe he doesn’t know,” Masvidal said. “So I can be at the gym tomorrow, Thursday, whenever you want, Colby. I can be at the gym, and whatever incidents you’re having, we can talk about it like men.”
Covington said he doesn’t care about whether the friendship is over, and that he’s just in this for one reason.
“I’m not here to make friends. I’m here to make money,” Covington said.
But Masvidal sees through Covington’s bluster and presumably, by extension, everyone involved with this entire deal.
“I get it: If you’re an alternate heel and everybody hates you, that’s cool,” Masvidal said. “But I think when these heels … like everything that they say is just (expletive).”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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