Following his loss to Gilbert Burns at UFC 287 on Saturday, Jorge Masvidal called it quits on his professional fighting career. As Gamebred’s heated rival in mixed martial arts, Colby Covington felt the need to weigh in on his foe’s final stand.
Covington, who gained a victory over Masvidal at UFC 272, has had his share of showdowns with his fellow fighter – both inside and outside The Octagon.
An aggravated battery case is currently pending in Florida, alleging that Masvidal attacked Covington outside of a Miami Beach restaurant in March 2022.
Colby Covington often portrays himself as the ‘super villain’ of UFC, so he didn’t mince words when discussing Masvidal. He didn’t have a fond farewell for the fighter, saying that his lopsided win over Gamebred is what really retired him. He just didn’t know it.
“If I want to give my honest take, he was retired after I beat him,” Covington told Submission Radio. “He’s a broken man. There’s a reason that he came out and did what he did to me in the streets like a little clown. There’s no pride in that guy.”
“He just didn’t want to have to live the rest of his life knowing that he retired off of getting his ass beat by me,” Covington asserted.
“So, of course, he’s going to come and lose to somebody else in the division, because he didn’t want that being over his head that I retired him,” Covington stated.
He then declared, “But guys… I’ll be honest, I retired Jorge ‘Street Judas’ last year in 2022 in T-Mobile Arena.”
Colby Covington also addressed the alleged attack that took place outside of a Papi’s Steakhouse in Miami, where he alleges Masvidal jumped him. The end result was multiple minor injuries, including Colby suffering a wrist abrasion and a broken tooth.
“I could care less about the journeyman ‘Street Judas’ Masvidal. The guy’s a felon. He’s a criminal, and he’s a coward. He’s not a real man. If he was a real man? He wouldn’t have done what he did to me, so I’ve got nothing else to say on him.”
Covington is currently the number-two ranked contender to UFC Welterweight Champion Leon Edwards, despite being inactive since March 2022. He’s 2-2 in his last four fights, with both losses coming in title bouts against former champion Kamaru Usman.
A marquee match-up between champion and contender had been rumored to have been in the works. However, Edwards doesn’t think Covington deserves the shot. The reigning titleholder stated publicly that he feels like Covington should have to earn a shot in a similar manner that he did — by fighting for it.