BMF Champion Jorge Masvidal, who is now former teammates with Covington at ATT, says that Covington was never really a part of the team.
“Guess who’s still here?” Masvidal said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (via Nolan King of MMA Junkie). “Guess who’s still here? The truth will shine, my brother. … I’ll let you ask Dan Lambert (why Covington is no longer at ATT), but that dude was never part of this team. … At the end of the day, he didn’t feel safe in here. I wonder why.”
Covington didn’t state why he left the team, but did say kind things about ATT Founder Dan Lambert upon departing ATT.
Masvidal also disliked the way that his former teammate treated the women who trained with ATT.
“This is a temple for me,” Masvidal said. “It’s somewhat of a religious experience for me being in here – being in here since I was a kid, you know? My good days, my bad days, my birthdays – all days I’ve spent in this gym, sharpening my tools. I truly love this place, so I don’t like that animosity – even if he had never said a word about me. What type of teammate or man – he’s not a man – with the sport that we’re in, (would) insult a woman? He insulted Joanna (Jedrzejczyk). He insulted Amanda (Nunes). He insulted Dustin (Poirier). These people are not in your weight class. I get it. You’re trying to do this thing where you’re some kind of heel. What’s that have to do with a woman? A 115-pound woman or a 135-pound woman? Are you going to compete against them? Are you going to sell more pay-per-views because you’re talking about Amanda and Joanna? Answer me that.”
The duo of Covington and Masvidal have been rivals for years now, so it is possible that the former teammates do settle the score inside of the Octagon.