It’s clear that American Top Team teammates Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington are no longer friends after several back-and-forth exchanges this week, and Masvidal has shed some light on one of the reasons behind the rift.
Masvidal and ATT teammate Dustin Poirier, who competed for the lightweight title over last weekend at UFC 242, have been on the end of some heavy criticism from Covington, who labeled the pair “bitter” and jealous of his success.
The 34-year-old Masvidal made a recent appearance on “The Dan LeBatard Show,” where he provided more details on why he and Covington don’t see eye to eye anymore, claiming Covington failed to pay a mutual coach of theirs money that he owed.
“He ripped off my coach that was [also] his coach. We were with him until his title fight. After he won the title, he owed him a certain amount of money [and] didn’t pay him,” Masvidal said. “I said, ‘If you don’t pay him, I’m going to f—k you up.’ My coach got in between it, ‘It doesn’t have to be like this, let it slide.’ Since then I ain’t talked to the dude.
“It’s been about a year and some change. It is what it is. All these words, they do have consequences, because this guy used to sleep on my couch, used to eat off me, because I was the one with the sponsors. He was just still relatively an amateur and I was helping this guy out. It hurts that he would do that in a way just for a like on Facebook, just for a retweet on Twitter, he’s doing that, to get you and me talking about him.”
It was recently announced that Masvidal would be fighting Nate Diaz for the newly coined “BMF” title at UFC 244 on Nov. 2.