‘He Stiffed My Coach’- Jorge Masvidal Details the Reason Why He Hates Former Teammate Colby Covington

Published 04/22/2021, 8:16 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 16: Jorge Masvidal prepares to fight Darren Till of England in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at The O2 Arena on March 16, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC welterweight title challenger Jorge Masvidal spoke to Ariel Helwani and shared some insight on his rivalry with Colby Covington. Masvidal and Covington were once closely associated with each other and were not just teammates, but also friends. However, as both men have reached the pinnacle of the welterweight division, things aren’t exactly what they once were.

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Chiefly, the genesis of their rivalry began when Masvidal learned Covington stiffed his coach out of money. Masvidal detailed the entire scenario rather effortlessly and pointed to this moment in time as the breaking point of their friendship. The situation as portrayed by Masvidal didn’t leave Covington looking like a stand-up guy, however, it plays into his heel character.

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Jorge Masvidal x Colby Covington: Bad blood brewing

While Masvidal doesn’t explicitly mention his coach’s name, it’s believed to be his long-time striking coach, Paulino Hernandez. Hernandez has been in Masvidal’s camp from the days he was a street fighter in Miami and has honed his skills. Furthermore, Masvidal describes him as a father figure in the MMA game, and it’s easy to see why he’s vehemently defending Hernandez.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 02: Jorge Masvidal of the United States fights against Nate Diaz (not pictured) of the United States in the Welterweight “BMF” championship bout during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on November 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)

“The start of it all, my coach, and this is all on my credit because Colby and me are wrestling, exchanging techniques. I’m showing him how to strike, he’s showing me how to wrestle. He goes Man, I would love to work with your coach so he works with my coach for about two months, and then my coach tells him ‘Okay, like I have with Jorge like I have at the time with Yoel… It’s a handshake and he goes ‘I take five percent of what you make.”

“So, if you make five percent out of a hundred dollars or five percent of a hundred million dollars, that’s what I charge.”

‘Gamebred’ vs ‘Chaos’ – a showdown in the makings

Masvidal made it crystal clear that he was looking to ‘put hands’ on Covington for his alleged slight. Colby Covington hasn’t come out and addressed the situation as such, however, some fans interpret his silence as guilt.

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NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington is introduced prior to his welterweight bout against Robbie Lawler during the UFC Fight Night event at the Prudential Center on August 3, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“And Colby said, ‘Yeah, of course, for sure. Guess what. When he actually had the chance to pay him back some real money…guess what he did? He stiffed him. Just like he got kicked out of Top Team and he’s been kicked out of gyms in Oregon. He stiffed my coach and since that day on I’ve been wanting to put hands on him.”

Given the aforementioned narrative, it’s clear that Masvidal and Covington are on a collision course for a massive showdown. Moreover, the fight could potentially be one of the highest-selling pay-per-views if it’s a title fight. ‘Gamebred’ will want to capture the belt and immediately turn his attention towards Covington to settle the score.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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