Image source: Colby Covington Instagram (@colbycovmma)
The American Top Team (ATT) gym must be a very awkward place to be at times with former interim welterweight champion Colby Covington having feuds with his fellow team members such as Tyron Woodley, Jorge Masvidal and Dustin Poirier.
Yesterday Covington appeared on an Instagram live stream with Ariel Helwani and discussed the beef between himself and Poirier by unleashing a tirade against the Louisiana native. Covington said in the gym it is strictly professional but, on the streets, it may be a different story between him and Poirier.
“We can’t do anything at American Top Team, that’s a place of business, that’s a sanctuary, and we respect the rules of American Top Team so we’ve decided to put the beefs aside when we walk into American Top Team, we keep everything business.
I can’t say what’s going to happen in the streets. He’ll probably run from me and run home to Louisiana. We know he’s running from me in the octagon, he isn’t ever going to try and fight me in the octagon. That’s what makes the whole thing stupid. He’s a little lightweight washout and he’s trying to call out the greatest welterweight of all-time, me, myself. The whole thing from the start is just fake news and it makes no sense. The guy needs to stay in his lane, understand his role, act like a B-job level fighter and just know your role, bitch. I’m the top of the mountain right now at the welterweight division and I’m what’s saving the UFC.”
Covington has now admitted his comments were a little too far and has, rather surprisingly, apologised for them when talking to the guys at Submission Radio. Covington’s apology was directed towards ATT owner Dan Lambert as much as it was his teammate, Dustin Poirier.
“I want to take this moment, guys, to apologize real quick. I want to apologize to my teammate, Dustin Poirier. I broke a promise to my agent, Dan Lambert. And I really do feel bad, and I feel ashamed. Yesterday I was asked a question by Ariel Helwani about Dustin, my teammate, and I kind of lost my cool. I was too busy spitting fire on the world, and I was so hyped up about the Woodley fight that I kind of went off on Dustin. I just want to say that I’m sorry, Dustin. You’re still my friend, we can be friends. I’m sorry about hurting your feelings and saying some words in the past that might have hurt your feelings, and you know, business goes back to usual at American Top Team.
I want to have a civil gym and I don’t want there to be drama or beef in the gym, I want to keep things civil. And if any of these guys want to come fight me, anybody out there, you know where to find me. We can fight for a lot of money in the octagon. But why aren’t these guys talking about fighting me in the octagon? They keep talking about fighting me in the street.”
Covington even admitted that an apology is uncharacteristic of him, but he made a promise to Lambert that he wouldn’t talk bad about Poirier. “Chaos” said he’s man enough to admit when he has made a mistake and is going to learn from his mistakes.
“Yeah, I never apologise, and I can’t believe I’m doing it here today with you guys, but, you know, that’s how much trust I have in you guys and faith in you guys and what made me want to apologise is… I’m really apologising to Dan Lambert; I broke a promise. We made a promise that… he’s in a different weight class. He’s a lightweight, I’m a welterweight. Our business and our paths are not going to cross, so there’s no reason to talk about each other. Let’s keep everything normal at the gym and guys can interact and train and they can hate each other but we have enough space in the gym where there shouldn’t be any problems, let’s just handle our business.
I broke that promise with Dan, and I told him I wasn’t going to talk about Dustin, he’s not going to talk about me, and I’m ashamed, man. I’m usually not like this, but you know, I’m a man to admit when I’m wrong, and I’m wrong, I made a mistake. I’m just like every other American out there, we make mistakes and the most important thing is we learn from our mistakes. I’ve learned from my mistake and I’m going to be better. I’m sorry, Dan Lambert, I’m sorry Dustin. Love you guys, American Top Team forever.”
Covington said he would like to sit down and have a chat with Dustin Poirier soon to iron out any issues they may have before they move on with their careers.
“I’d like to sit down with him, have a little chat, speak to him eye to eye, you know, get a gauge and feel for how he’s feeling and thinking and let him get some things off his chest, and then me rebuttal and tell him the truth and let me get some things off my chest, what I believe.
We’re both stubborn in our own ways and we’re hard-headed and we’re both fighters and we love to fight, so let’s just worry about fighting and preparing for our fights. He has a big fight coming up with somebody, and I’m worried about getting my rematch and getting my belt back, so let’s just go our separate ways and let bygones be bygones.”