‘What Has Jorge Masvidal Done to Deserve This Fight?’- Colby Covington Questions UFC 261 Matchmaking

Published 04/24/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington celebrates his victory over Robbie Lawler in their welterweight bout 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)


UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington did the media rounds ahead of UFC 261 despite not competing on the card. ‘Chaos’ will be in attendance to watch Kamaru Usman attempt to ward off title challenger Jorge Masvidal in a rematch. Both men faced off against each other at UFC 251, and the unanswered questions from their battle warranted a rematch.

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Colby Covington has come out in the media and remained steadfast in his view that he’s next in line. Given Covington’s strength of schedule, it hard to deny that he’s arguably the second-best welterweight right now. Moreover, he made sure to follow up his loss to Kamaru Usman with a dominant win over Tyron Woodley.

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Colby Covington: Ready for war

While Covington has his eye out for the victor of Usman vs Masvidal, it seems as though he’s targeting Masvidal to a greater extend. Throughout his media rounds, ‘Chaos’ Covington has made sure to instigate his former teammate. When speaking to Mike Bohn from MMA Junkie, Covington once again found a way to target ‘Gamebred’.

SINGAPORE – JUNE 17: Colby Covington of United States (front) reacts after his fight with Dong Hyun Kim of South Korea (back) in the Welterweight Bout during UFC Singapore Fight Night at Singapore Indoor Stadium on June 17, 2017 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images)

“What has Jorge Masvidal done to deserve this fight besides sit on the coach and do nothing? He lost the fight 50-43 last time, it was a dominant win. “There’s no excuse last time. He said ‘Oh it’s a week’s notice’.

“His friend Dustin ‘Sorrier’ came out in the media and said ‘Hey, Jorge was training with me all training camp for my lead-up to the Hooker fight and he’s ready to go against Usman last time. There was no excuse last time and there’s going to be no excuse tomorrow night.”

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 10: (L-R) Opponents Kamaru Usman of Nigeria and Jorge Masvidal face off during the UFC 251 official weigh-in inside Flash Forum at UFC Fight Island on July 10, 2020 on Yas Island Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The D-1 All American from Oregon state will have his eyes peeled on the main event as he’s been announced as the next in line. With regards to an in-built narrative, there’s none better than Masvidal vs Covington. The classic teammate-turned-friend-turned-enemy storyline is most certainly something fans can get behind.

However, for that to happen, Masvidal will have to put a definitive end to Kamaru Usman’s reign on Saturday night.

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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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