The ongoing saga between the friends turned foes continues.
Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal used to be very close friends and training partners as stablemates of the American Top Team gym. However, things have taken a turn for the worse recently as the pair have publicly become rivals. Masvidal claimed that the issues with Covington began when he ripped off one of his coaches by not paying him.
Colby Covington made an appearance on Submission Radio and discussed the recent claims that Jorge Masvidal has made.
“No, there’s no truth to that. Jorge is drawing at straws right now. He has nothing else to say about me because he knows he can’t attack my fighting skills because he knows my fighting skills speak for themselves. And, to be honest, he’s never won one second of any type of rounds we’ve ever trained together; and he knows that deep down inside. So, he’s just looking for something to promote a future fight.
We may have to fight each other. Former best friends turned foes; and that’s how this sport is. There’s no sports, there’s no friends in this type of sport. It’s an individual sport and its business, so we had to part our friendship, and he’s making up lies, man, he’s trying to say that I owe his coach money; and I can show you the receipts. I’ll go get the receipts right now and show you, I overpaid him if anything, the only percentage that I owe is to American Top Team. I pay them five percent, every fight, and that’s the only people I have to pay, I have no obligation to pay any other coaches. All the other coaches that I pay is on me if I want to pay them or not, and I always paid his coach man. I gave him five to ten grand per fight, and I have the receipts too. So, you know, he’s lying, man. He has nothing else to say.”
Covington did go on to admit that he and Masvidal pushed each other in the gym to become better fighters and try and reach the big paydays together.
“We were pushing each other in the gym. We’d yell in the gym, “Hey, who’s gonna be the first fighter to get a million-dollar fight,” this and that. We were competing to push each other to these great limits, and here we are now, and now we have to act like kids? I mean, I’m not acting like a kid, he’s acting like a kid. But here we are, and you can’t be professional and understand this game?
Yeah, it’s business and we’re not gonna be friends, we’re gonna have to fight each other. But it is what it is, man. Just grow up and let’s not play these childish games where you’re making up lies and you’re saying stupid stuff that isn’t true, let’s just be honest and call things the way they are, call a spade a spade. But apparently that’s hard for him. He’s a Miami little street thug.”
Finally, Covington touched on a recent story that he may be leaving American Top Team to train elsewhere for his upcoming fight with Kamaru Usman due to tension in ATT gym. Covington has now squashed these rumours and said that ATT owner, Dan Lambert, has assured him that there would be no issues. Covington appeared pleased with this and said that the tension in the gym has helped him to be even better as everyone knows he is there to work.
“I love it, man. It’s more business now. Now when I walk in the gym, everybody knows what’s going down, you know; I’m not there to be friends. And I’ve said this since the beginning, guys, I said, “I’m not here to make friends, I’m here to make money.” So, all these people know that it’s about money for me now, it’s not about the friendships. I’m here to train, put my time in, and get out. That’s what it is.”
All these guys are too busy being friends with each other and which social media they’re gonna put and how they’re gonna pose on social media. I’m here to win. Win fights and kick ass and get the biggest checks in the sport today. I’m not settling for anything less. And I could care less about anybody else’s feelings.”