Colby Covington did what he does best, before, during and after his fight at UFC 272.
The trash-talking wrestler stoked the fires in the lead-up to the bout, then turned to his fighting skills to dominate Jorge Masvidal for the overwhelming majority of their five-round main event clash at T-Mobile Arena. Then, after his victory, he returned to the trash talk that has marked him out as the most controversial, polarizing figure on the UFC roster.
Looking back on his victory over Masvidal, Covington said, “Nothing in there surprised me. Another dominant finish, you know? Whooped his ass from second one to minute 25.
“You could see in his body language he had nothing more left in the fight. I was ready for five more rounds in the parking lot. If he wants to keep doing this, we could go for five more rounds in the parking lot.”
After defeating Masvidal, Covington turned his attention to another former American Top Team teammate, as he called for a matchup against former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier.
“Bring out another guy, American Trash Team, man,” he said.
“They need to keep sending guys to me, but don’t be expecting to get them back in one piece.
“I’m ready to take two of those fighters in one night. ‘The King of Miami’ showed out tonight.”
Despite his dominant win, Covington did reveal that he was not fully satisfied with his display.
“It wasn’t my best performance. Just a lot of emotions going into it, you know?” he admitted.
“That was a real friend of mine at one point in my career. He’s just such a backstabbing thief, and he talks so reckless, and he’s tried to make some false narratives to the media, make a lot of lies like he does. He’s a liar. He’s a thief.
“I let the emotions get the best of me, but it was still dominant. I just showed how good I was, that I am the No. 1 fighter in the world for a reason, and it wasn’t even competitive tonight.”