- Tarrian Rodgers
Rivals Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington will clash at UFC 272
It’s a fight that MMA fans have clamored for a while now, in Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington. The fight was finally made official on Tuesday and it will happen March 5th from Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena. "He better f---ing show up," Covington said in a text message to ESPN Tuesday.
This past week, Masvidal teased a potential fight with No. 2 Covington on Twitter, indicating it was the fourth attempted booking of the matchup. Covington posted images on social media with Masvidal's ex-wife. Covington got personal, calling Masvidal a bad father. Masvidal responded by calling Covington a “f*cking coward” and added, “don’t p*ssy out now.” The two men have a long storied history; they were at one time best of friends; now they have turned bitter rivals.
Masvidal and Covington were teammates at American Top Team in Florida. The two welterweights were even roommates and the two regularly made appearances alongside each other at fights, even serving as each other’s hype men. Many believe the rivalry began over an alleged non-payment of a coach. The two started calling each other names in public. Masvidal claimed Covington “short changed” his team taking the “if you’re not with us you are against us” approach. Since Masvidal’s accusations the two took an increasingly hostile stance against each other, to the point where American Top Team implemented a rule against trash talking between teammates who weren’t signed to fight each other. Covington eventually left the team, criticizing the team’s new direction.
Both fighters are coming off championship losses to champion Kamaru Usman but even in the build up to those fights both men haven’t stopped talking about each other. The two men will finally be able to lockhorns and settle their long standing beef.