Now that the news is official and former interim welterweight champion Colby Covington has parted ways with the American Top Team gym, his former teammates are chiming in. Covington announced the move on Wednesday and has since called out former teammates Jorge Masvidal and Dustin Poirier, and the ‘BMF’ champion, Masvidal has responded.
During an interview with ESPN provided his take on Colby’s departure, saying that he was never truly a part of the team. When asked what happened with Covington’s standing at the gym, Masvidal wouldn’t answer directly and said people can ask ATT owner, Dan Lambert.
“He’s a fragile dude, man. He’s not a guy that’s mentally strong. I remember he used to cry on my couch all the time.”@GamebredFighter reacts to "cancer" Colby Covington's departure from ATT (via @arielhelwani) pic.twitter.com/E44SVyaWlc
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) May 27, 2020
“The truth will shine. I’ll let you ask Dan Lambert, but that dude was never part of this team, he was just a f**king cancer. At the end of the day, he didn’t feel safe in here, I wonder why.”
When asked if he was happy about Covington’s departure, Masvidal responded with a big smile on his face, letting it be known that no words were needed. However, he doesn’t believe Covington will ever fight the division’s best again, calling “Chaos” mentally weak and reminiscing on times they spent together.
“I’m pretty sure he’s just done, life is just going to get him out of that. I don’t see him winning at a high level, if they give him a new guy that just came in, maybe. If they have him up there against top competition, he won’t handle it he’s a fragile dude. He’s not a guy that’s mentally strong, I remember he used to cry on my couch all the time. When he broke his hand the first time, he lived on my couch for about 8-9 months, didn’t have a job, couldn’t fight, had a broken hand, and he thought about quitting 2-3 times. So mentally he’s weak. I’ve been hearing the same thing about the jaw. I’d be surprised if he ever come back to fighting.”
It’s clear that Jorge Masvidal is not investing much time or energy into his former roommate turned rival Colby Covington, and he questions if “Chaos” will even return to fighting after suffering a broken jaw in his last fight against champion Kamaru Usman.