Colby Covington has a habit of making headlines through derogatory remarks and controversial statements. But, “Chaos” says he wasn’t trashing Jorge Masvidal, when he recently referred to his friend as a “journeyman”.
Covington and Masvidal
If you follow Covington and Masvidal then you know the two are teammates at American Top Team, and they’ve also become friends. Since the two could end up fighting for the belt, however, they’re reportedly not training together any longer. But, in recent weeks, both welterweights have acknowledged that they’re still pals, despite the fact they might end up battling in the Octagon – for money.
Covington calls Masvidal and Diaz journeymen
Well, as you surely know, after Diaz’s win over Anthony Pettis at UFC 241, he called for a fight with Masvidal. “Gamebred” has let it be known he’s more than down to face the Stockton star, and talk about the fight has been making the internet rounds.
“Yeah, you know, it’s the battle of the journeyman. It’s an exciting fight, the battle of the 500-level fighter. Nate Diaz is 1-1 in the last three years, and Jorge Masvidal is 2-2 in the last year or two,” said Colby. “So it’s the battle of the journeymen, 500 fighter. So I am excited to see who comes out on top.”
“No, not at all, no trouble in paradise. Have I said anything that’s a lie? Where is the lie? I am saying all truth and facts here. If someone gets mad at me or a media member, or him even, for saying facts, then you are living in denial, a delusional world,” Covington said, when asked a follow-up about his relationship with Masvidal.
“There is no beef, he is still my best friend. Man, we go way back and you don’t know what me and that guy have been through. We have been through so much together so I got nothing but respect and love for him. He’s my brother.”
Now, it should be noted that not everyone sees “journeyman” as a negative term. After all, it refers to someone who has qualified to work in a certain field or trade, after putting their time in as an apprentice. But, in combat sports, the word is often used to signal that a fighter isn’t particularly special or that good.
So, will Masvidal be okay with what Covington’s said here? Considering he’s ranked #3 in the UFC’s welterweight division and is coming off electrifying wins over Darren Till and Ben Askren? Or will he just pass it off as part of Colby’s polarizing act?