Colby Covington doubts Jorge Masvidal fought for good.
Masvidal (35-17 MMA, 12-10 UFC) has announced his retirement after a four-game losing streak earlier this month when he lost 287 to Gilbert Burns by unanimous decision.
“Gamebread” said he doesn’t feel the same anymore when competing, but Covington used his retirement as a way to take time off and gain an extra advantage before competing again. Before losing to Burns, Masvidal lost to former training partner Covington via unanimous decision at UFC 272.
“I robbed him of his confidence and his ego,” Covington told Inside Fighting. “He wasn’t the same fighter. He just showed up for his last fight paycheck. It’s a fake retirement. We all know people in the UFC who don’t retire. Get out of the USADA pool and probably come back on steroids.
“He doesn’t know how to make money except by fighting. He’s not really retired. That guy is dumber than fuck in his head. He can’t make money except by fighting.” We can guarantee that they will come back to receive their paychecks.”
Masvidal currently owns multiple promotions including Gamebred Boxing. In the recent Gamebred Boxing 4, celebrities like Roy Jones Jr., Anthony Pettis, Jose Aldo and Vito Belfort competed in the UFC Fight Pass pay-per-view card at his Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.
Covington, meanwhile, is expected to take on UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards this year. Edwards recently said he’s aiming for an October return and wants to fight in Abu Dhabi on the UFC 294 card.