A lot of folks in the MMA world seemed to be shocked by what went down between Colby Covington and Fabricio Werdum last weekend, but clearly Jorge Masvidal wasn’t one of them.
Covington and Werdum had a heated altercation on the streets of Sydney, and footage of the incident quickly blazed across the internet. The exchange took place just a few weeks removed from Covington’s controversial comments about Brazil, where Werdum is from.
Well, Masvidal was also in Australia last week in advance of UFC Fight Night 121. While speaking to Submission Radio about the incident between Werdum and his American Top Team teammate, Masvidal said this (quotes via Bloody Elbow):
“Nah, Colby’s Colby,” Masvidal said, when asked if he thinks Covington needs to tone down the controversial rhetoric. “That’s my partner. He’s gonna do whatever he wants. He’s not gonna definitely listen to me. He’s crazy, man. I actually told him, though, right before we left – because he was scheduled to do some interviews with the UFC – and I told him, I go, ‘You should watch out, you know? If that dude said that, he probably would try to do something to you, put his hands on you.’ And it’s crazy that it happened shortly after. This was, like, 20 minutes before that happened. I told him, I was like, ‘Hey, be ready in case something happens, you know?’
“Colby’s Colby, man,” Masvidal added. “He’s crazy, he’s on a different vibe. He’s got different plans, man. I don’t tell him what to do when it comes to that type of stuff. You know, he’ll listen to me, but at the end of the day that’s dude’s crazy, man. He’s gonna do what he wants to do, man.”
Now, whether you’re fan of Covington or not, there’s no question that the welterweight’s profile has grown considerably since his win over Demian Maia last month. Of course, his five fight winning streak has contributed to this, but much of the coverage has been tied to Covington’s controversial statements (the fighter was also captured on video using a homophobic slur during his incident with Werdum).
As this is being written, however, it’s not clear yet what will come next for Covington, who has been driving hard for a title shot. Currently he’s ranked #3 at 170.