Colby Covington says the ball is in Jorge Masvidal's court for a big grudge match.
Former UFC interim welterweight champion Covington is expected to be next to fight BMF Champion Jorge Masvidal. Covington says that he has already signed the contract for the fight and the ball is now in Masvidal’s court.
“The talks have been great,” Covington said to Submission Radio (via Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie). “Like I said, I agreed on the night that I fought Woodley and retired Woodley that night and left him in a stretcher to the hospital. I agreed right away. I said, ‘Dana, let’s do it. I wanna sign it up.’ You know, the terms are pretty much done. We’re ready to go. So, it’s all in ‘Street Judas’ Masvidal’s court. Dana White came up to me after my fight immediately and said, ‘Hey, we want to do you vs. Masvidal.’ I accepted right on that night, in that minute. So, (Masvidal) knows I’m on board. The UFC knows I’m on board. Now it’s just about getting ‘Street Judas’ Masvidal on board. He’s scared. He’s scared of my shadow. If my shadow was around him, he’d be running. So, who knows if he’ll show up to the octagon. I definitely don’t want to have to beat him up on the streets of Miami, cause I am the king of Miami.”
Masvidal was expected to face Nate Diaz in a rematch sometime next year, but UFC President Dana White changed course after Covington’s performance at UFC Vegas 11. The fighter says that he doesn’t just want to fight Masvidal, but Covington wants it to be a pay-per-view main event encounter.
“It’s going to be a pay-per-view main event,” Covington said. “I mean, there’s no doubt about it. We’re two of the biggest draws in the company, and we just so happen to be in the same weight class, and it just so happens to be we used to be best friends. We used to live together, train together every single day. I think the best place to propose it for would be for American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. I think that would be a great ticket. And hopefully by the time fans come back in December/January, it’s just perfect. It aligns perfectly, and there’s a big market for MMA in Miami. So, people want to see fighting in Miami, and I think the UFC needs to come back to Miami.”
There has been no comment yet from Masvidal as to whether or not he accepts the fight with Covington.