‘He Said He Was Gonna Baptize Me’- Colby Covington Reveals Why Jorge Masvidal Fight Did Not Happen

Published 02/17/2021, 6:25 AM EST


Former teammates Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal have had a heated beef for a considerable amount of time now. The former best friends and roommates sit on the top of the welterweight division. Hence, with their recent back and forth, it only seemed fitting that they settled their differences inside the Octagon.

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UFC President Dana White also indicated that he would like to see ‘Chaos’ and ‘Gamebred’ eventually share the Octagon in a grudge match. But, that didn’t materialize. Now, with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman calling out Masvidal, it seems the possibilities of the aforementioned fight happening are slim to none.

Speaking to Submission Radio recently, Covington opened up on why the fight didn’t eventuate.

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NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington is interviewed after 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)

In my words, which is the truth, you know, and Dana White and everybody over at the UFC can attest that he’s just scared to me. I mean, he’s afraid, you know, he’s embarrassed. He doesn’t want to get embarrassed in front of the whole world,” said Covington.

Covington believes there’s only one way his fight against Masvidal goes, and that’s him dominating ‘Gamebred’ all the way through. It’s true Covington’s pressure and chain wrestling added with his cardio is a problem for anybody in the welterweight division. But, Masvidal also knows what he needs to do, having trained with ‘Chaos’ for years.

The only reason I wanted to fight you know, Jorge Street judas Masvidal, you know, we got a vendetta you know, and it needs to be settled… It’s an easy payday for me and I was willing to go back, but it’s because of the way he was running his mouth. You know, he was saying I was fragile he said he was gonna knock me out. He said he was gonna baptize me to like close people to me,” he further added.

Who is next for Colby Covington?

With Kamaru Usman calling out Jorge Masvidal and the duo possibly coaching TUF, Covington is the one who is with nothing for the next few months. However, given his close bout against ‘The Nigerian Nightmare‘ and a dominant next outing against former kingpin Tyron Woodley, ‘Chaos‘ deserves to be in the conversation to fight for the gold next.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: (R-L) Colby Covington punches Tyron Woodley in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

A clash against British counterpart Leon Edwards looks enticing from a fan’s perspective. However, the former interim champion has ruled out that fight. No matter who the polarizing star fights next, everyone will scrutinize him with great interest.

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Who should Covington fight next? Should Jorge Masvidal have fought him?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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