Former UFC Interim Welterweight Champion Colby Covington was in attendance at UFC 241, but as a member of the crowd and not as a fighter.
However, both Covington and various UFC fighters nearly got physical while in the crowd, a situation that Covington calls embarrassing.
“It’s embarrassing, man,” Covington said during an American Top Team media day (via Mike Drahota of MMA News). “We’re supposed to be professionals and these guys wanna act like street thugs. They want to fight in the crowd, but they don’t want to fight in the Octagon and makes millions of dollars. So it’s pathetic. Like Dana White said, they’re little kindergarten kids. Own up, be a professional, man. Don’t get so salty, don’t get in your feelings just ‘cause I’m making more money than you. Just ‘cause your jealous I win every fight and you can’t stop me. Don’t be jealous of that.”
Nobody did get physical at the event, but both UFC President Dana White and security had to keep a close eye on the situation.
Covington also credits teammate Jorge Masvidal for having his back as the near physical confrontations almost took place.
“There’s not really much to clarify. My boy Jorge Masvidal had my back,” he said. “He was like three or four rows back. I was front row, you know, because they put the champ front row obviously. I was trying to get my boy Jorge to the front row, but he’s gotta earn his way up.”
Things could get physical between Covington and Masvidal one day because Masvidal said he’d have no problem fighting Covington in the Octagon.