Colby Covington brutally trashes Jorge Masvidal following Gamebred’s defeat vs Gilbert Burns at UFC 287

Colby Covington is providing his “genuine opinion” on Jorge Masvidal’s decision to retire from UFC. The event UFC 287 occurred on Saturday, April 8th, at the Kaseya Center in Miami, Florida.

In the co-main event, Gilbert Burns (22-5 MMA) and Jorge Masvidal (35-17 MMA) faced off in a welterweight match, which ended in a unanimous decision victory for the Brazilian fighter.

After his defeat, Jorge, who will turn 39 later this year, declared his retirement. Numerous fans and fighters expressed their admiration for Masvidal and his illustrious career.

Now, it is Covington’s chance to comment on his opponent’s retirement. In a recent appearance on “Submission Radio,” Covington talked about Masvidal’s decision to retire, saying:

“I’m just (finding) that out now. That’s interesting. If I’m gonna give my honest take, he retired after I beat him. He’s a broken man. There’s a reason he came out and did what he did in the streets, like a little clown. There’s no pride in that guy. He just didn’t want to have to live the rest of his life knowing that he retired off of getting his ass beat by me.”

Covington is referring to his victory over Masvidal by unanimous decision at UFC 272 in March 2022. It was after this fight that Masvidal purportedly assaulted Colby outside a Papi Steak establishment in Miami Beach, Florida.

Colby Covington Beats Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272

On Saturday, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Colby Covington attained a unanimous-decision triumph over his former teammate and friend Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 272.

At the beginning of the fight, Masvidal initiated with a flying front kick, which resembled his renowned flying knee against Ben Askren. However, the kick missed, and Covington subsequently attempted an early takedown.

Although Gamebred prevented Covington’s early tries, he spent a considerable portion of the first round defending or on the ground.

In a rivalry that became increasingly acrimonious in the lead-up to the fight, Chaos now has the official bragging rights. Both fighters emerged from American Top Team, and they were once close, but their relationship soured, and Covington left the gym.

Result of Jorge Masvidal vs Gilbert Burns at UFC 287

At UFC 287, Masvidal endured his fourth consecutive loss after dropping a unanimous decision to Burns. Masvidal arrived at this crucial encounter on a three-fight losing streak.

Having not won since securing the inaugural ‘BMF’ title against Nate Diaz in November 2019. As for Burns, he had lost to Khamzat Chimaev in an enthralling Fight of the Year candidate in April.

But rebounded in January by skillfully submitting the veteran contender Neil Magny.

At the onset of the welterweight clash between the rivals, Masvidal struck two solid leg kicks and the chants of “Let’s go Jorge” reverberated throughout the Kaseya Center.

Burns landed a decent right hand, but it only brushed Masvidal’s chin, who then answered back with a flurry of punches. Burns almost exploited Masvidal’s overextension on a right hand by attempting a takedown, but ‘Gamebred’ managed to remain upright.

MIAMI, FLORIDA – APRIL 08: Jorge Masvidal punches Gilbert Burns of Brazil in a welterweight fight during the UFC 287 event at Kaseya Center on April 08, 2023, in Miami, Florida.

The judges unanimously scored the bout 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28 in favor of Burns, and upon hearing the decision, Masvidal declared his retirement from the sport.

‘Gamebred’ removed his gloves and delivered a heartfelt message to the Miami audience. Even acknowledging former US President Donald Trump, who was present cage-side for UFC 287.

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Sami Haider

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Sami Haider is a UFC/boxing journalist who connects combat sports to pop culture. His deep passion for the UFC started in 2018, triggered by the UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor fight. He is a passionate writer who has a profound love for the sport and the skills that are used in it. Through his work, Sami aspires to connect combat sportsmen and their enthusiastic fans.

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