Jorge Masvidal responds to the trash-talk ban instituted in light of teammate Colby Covington’s most recent antics.
BMF champion Jorge Masvidal has never been shy about voicing his opinion on things … especially when it comes to his former friend and teammate, Colby Covington. Now, just days after their gym, American Top Team announced a measure to ban trash-talking by its fighters, Masvidal voices his thoughts on the matter.
“F–k Coby,” Masvidal wrote on Twitter above a news story of the new ban. “The most fragile most sensitive guy in UFC history. Can’t kick me out cause this rule was for fighters only. Not crotch sniffers that get their jaw broken by other crotch sniffers. [American Top Team] we all know that dude is no fighter.”
The new rule, instituted by ATT owner Dan Lambert, will apply to fighters speaking about other fighters at the gym, outside of fight promotion.
”It’s gotten personal, and I think I was wrong,” Lambert told MMA Fighting. “I think I made a mistake. I think I should have nipped it in the bud, and it’s gotten to the point where it’s trickled down where it affects coaches, it affects training partners, it affects vibes at the gym, and as a result, we’ve adjusted and come up with a new policy.
Fans immediately felt the ban was geared towards Covington, who is a well-known instigator of trash talk, pointing fingers at UFC bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes and former champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, among others.
Covington also took aim at former interim champion Dustin Poirier, though they recently made amends in order to de-escalate in-gym drama.
”I don’t know if it was this last round of talk where Colby came out and kind of violated a truce I had between him and Poirier, or some of the talk between him and Joanna. It may be just the big scheme of things, dealing with some of the other problems that affect our sport and everybody’s lives; I see how petty some of this s–t is, and why the f–k am I dealing with it and allowed it to become an attraction?”
Masvidal has his own line of trash-talking though he is usually aimed at his opponents, and Covington, of course.
Neither Covington nor Masvidal have fights announced at press time.