If there is one aspect of MMA that Masvidal doesn’t like, it is the trash talking culture that surrounds the sport.
“I could talk if I wanted to, but what am I going to say? ‘Oh, you’re a punk,’ and then he calls my mom names? It’s (expletive) childish,” Masvidal said at the UFC Fight Night London media event (via Matt Erickson & Simon Head of MMA Junkie). “I get it – the 17-year-olds are (expletive) eating this (expletive) up, and maybe a little bit older than that – maybe some people never got out of high school. But if it’s not like a genuine dislike between two people, and it’s not creative, either, where it’s just that annoying (expletive)-talk – ‘You’re an idiot.’ ‘Well, you’re stupid.’ – it’s (expletive) so stupid, man.”
Masvidal has never been one for much trash talking for the majority of his professional MMA career.
The fighter is teammates with notorious trash talker Colby Covington, but Masvidal refers to Covington as a peculiar case.
“Colby’s a particular case because we’ve been friends for a long time,” Masvidal said. “I’ve known him six years, plus. So it’s more than just teammates – we’re good friends, and he’s doing his thing. Am I a fan of that? I mean, whatever – it’s not really what I care for. Everybody’s doing it. It’s not just Colby. I don’t want to just pick on Colby. Everybody’s doing it. Can you get mad at Colby because he wants to put extra money in his pocket? No. But when you think about it, everybody’s going to be doing it? What the (expletive), man? Nobody has a little bit of personality? Nobody’s like, ‘I’m going to be myself today; I’m not gonna insult your mom.’ It’s corny, and it’s only going to get worse. We’re seeing it more and more. And I know you guys do it because the clickbait works so well and the fans eat it up.”
UFC Fight Night London takes place on Saturday, March 16 from the 02 Arena in London, England with Darren Till and Jorge Masvidal headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which streams live on ESPN+.
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