The Whirlpool Relationship Between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal

Published 12/08/2020, 11:39 AM EST


The fight between friends-turned enemies Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal is the one to make in the UFC welterweight division. Both men are looking for another shot at welterweight champion Kamaru Usman after their respective losses to the Nigerian Nightmare.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Jorge Masvidal battles Kamaru Usman in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Covington (16-2) and Masvidal (35-14) are former teammates at American Top Team in Florida. They were also roommates and best friends. However, over the past year, their relationship turned sour.

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Batman and Robin

Before things took a turn, Covington and Masvidal were constantly seen together. Being roommates had the two spend a lot of time, which resulted in a strong bond between the two. They would often wrestle each other at their home, continually practicing and working on their ground games.

Covington even went as far as saying that the pair would never face each other. The only scenario is if there was a belt on the line. ‘Chaos’ would also compare themselves to Batman and Robin. Masvidal had also noted that Covington lived in his couch for a while. The two were close friends and because they trained together, there are plenty of pictures and videos on social media.

Will Colby Covington vs Jorge Masvidal get booked?

Colby Covington is coming off an impressive performance against former champion Tyron Woodley. The two rivals headlined the UFC Fight Night 178 main event in September. Covington got the TKO win after Woodley couldn’t continue due to a rib injury.

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Jorge Masvidal has yet to step back in the octagon since his July loss to Usman at UFC 251. The fight had a huge hype behind it as Masvidal stepped in on short notice to save the card. Originally, Gilbert Burns was scheduled to compete against the champion but had to pull out after testing positive for COVID-19. Gamebred would find himself on the wrong side of a unanimous decision.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 18: (L-R) Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on September 18, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Recently, Covington confirmed that there have been talks with the UFC for him to fight Jorge Masvidal next. UFC president Dana White even went as far as saying that it’s “very possible” Covington vs. Masvidal is next and as per Covington, he is ready to sign the contract.

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Masvidal, 35, and Covington, 32, are two of the best welterweights in the division. Chaos is ranked as #1, while Gamebred is close behind in #4. While Gilbert Burns vs Kamaru Usman seems next, the winner of Covington and Masvidal will surely be next to challenge the winner.

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Keith Dsouza

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Keith D'Souza is part of the Essentially Sports MMA writing team. Having followed the sport since 2013, some of his favorite fighters include Max Holloway, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, and Johny Hendricks. Keith also runs PureMMAIndia, a brand that promotes MMA over social media which aims at growing the sport in India.

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