Colby Covington says after his win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272, he feels like he deserves more pay than him
The talking point leading into UFC 272 was simply the bad blood between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal — no titles, no title shots, no big money. In fact, to Covington, this fight was never about a pay-per-view payday.
The grudge between the two fights stemmed back to the end of their days as teammates at American Top Team, with Masvidal accusing Covington of not paying coaches following his interim welterweight title win over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225. The feud’s intensity reached the point where both were kicked out of ATT, with Covington ultimately leaving the camp for MMA Masters.
Covington wanted to settle this feud and get the opportunity to fight Masvidal in the Octagon so badly that he told UFC Chief Business Officer Hunter Campbell that he would be willing to not take on any pay-per-view points for the fight.
Colby Covington feels he deserves to be paid more than Jorge Masvidal following win at UFC 272
“I told Hunter Campbell, this fight, I don’t care about the money. I wanted to come out here and fight this guy. He’s talked so much. I was willing to take a pay cut. I would have fought this guy for free. I’m sick of this guy running his mouth. He can’t walk the walk and talk the talk like I do.
“This was a personal rivalry that needed to be settled, and it got settled. That was the last of Street Judas and we’re not going to hear any more of him.”
Covington ultimately had his way with Masvidal in the bout, utilizing his wrestling to deplete Masvidal’s energy. While Masvidal got a couple of solid shots in, the fight was never in danger for Covington, who won a one-sided unanimous decision.
In the days leading up to the fight, Masvidal reportedly inked a new multi-fight deal with the UFC, which his agent said made him one of the biggest-paid fighters in the promotion.
Now with his victory over “Gamebred,” Covington feels that, combined with his love, passion and work for the UFC, he should jump Masvidal in the pay rankings.
“I think I deserve it,” Covington said. “Jorge signed his contract right before the fight because he knew he was going to get his a** whooped and he wasn’t going to have any leverage or power. I want to be paid more than Jorge Masvidal now.”