‘I Would Have Gone to Jail’- Jorge Masvidal Says He Refused ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Deal with Colby Covington

Published 04/09/2021, 7:35 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 Jorge Masvidal sat down with Ariel Helwani from ESPN, heading into his title fight rematch against Kamaru Usman. ‘Gamebred’ is gearing up for his 50 professional fight and possibly his last opportunity to fight for undisputed gold. However, given the way his career has shaped up, it’s probable he could land another marquee opportunity.

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What’s more, title fights aren’t the only avenues available to Masvidal who is now a bonafide star in the sport. Chiefly, Masvidal was actually expected to return to action against Colby Covington after coaching against him on TUF. However, plans for a Masvidal-Covington-led ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ season fell through, and now Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega stepped up.

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Jorge Masvidal x Colby Covington: Perennial bad blood

The ATT standout revealed to Helwani that coaching against Colby Covington wasn’t something he had given top priority to. In fact, Masvidal echoed a rather dark sentiment towards his rival that involved jail time if he actually had to spend time with Covington. Both men are clearly not fond of each other, however, their disdain has certainly grown as of late.

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)

“That was never an official call. They were throwing things out, everybody is calling me out, everybody wants to fight me. They are throwing numerous things out at a time. Me being a coach on The Ultimate Fighter with Colby was probably never going to happen because I was for sure going to end up in handcuffs.”

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“You can’t pay me enough money to hear this idiot, nah it’s not happening. You can’t pay me enough money to have to do six weeks with this f***g idiot. I would have gone to jail for a fact and I’m not trying to go to jail.” (h/t BJPENN.com)

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)

Regardless of the feud, there’s no doubt that a season of TUF with Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington at the helm would qualify as must-see TV. They have a deep-seated hatred for each other that has transcended the realm of professional combat. They will definitely cross paths against each other, and the UFC will ideally like their scrap to be for gold.

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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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