UFC: Colby Covington says he’s accepted a fight against Jorge Masvidal

Daniel Cunningham
UFC, Colby Covington
Jun 9, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Colby Covington (blue gloves) defeats Rafael Dos Anjos (red gloves) during UFC 225 at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

This past weekend after UFC 253, Dana White was asked about what was next for Jorge Masvidal (35-14). The promotion had been supposedly close to finalizing the BMF rematch between Masvidal and Nate Diaz. However, the UFC has changed their plans.

According to White the UFC has pivoted and is working on booking Masvidal against Colby Covington (16-2). White said that a fight between the two top welterweights was a fight that just made sense. Both are ranked in the top four of the UFC rankings.

There is a ton of personal beef between the two men. Colby Covington said in a recent interview with Submission Radio that he has accepted the fight against Masvidal. According to Covington, the promotion is now working with Masvidal’s camp on finalizing the grudge match.

UFC title eliminator and grudge match

“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. Now it’s just about getting ‘Street Judas’ Masvidal on board. He’s scared of my shadow, I definitely don’t want to have to beat him up on the streets of Miami, cause I am the king of Miami,” Covington said.

Covington went on to say that the UFC would be booking the fight for a PPV event. Considering the promotion’s original plans with the Diaz fight, the UFC will likely attempt to book Covington and Masvidal for a PPV event in January.

Welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, will be defending his title against Gilbert Burns in December at UFC 256. The winner of these two fights should make for an incredible fight sometime in 2021.

Jorge Masvidal might be the biggest draw in the UFC right now. His first appearance on Fight Island helped the promotion draw 1.3 million buys. Considering the personal beef, a fight between Masvidal and Covington would be big business for the UFC.