Jorge Masvidal knows his street fights. The Floridian has chalked up wins on YouTube as a competitor in Kimbo Slice’s backyard fight videos, as well as what have likely been a few less public affairs. But, even he was a little surprised by what went down in Australia between ATT teammate Colby Covington and former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum.
“Never seen a boomerang get involved in the action,” Masvidal told reporters during a media scrum ahead of UFC Sydney. “That's my introduction to Australian street fights. That's pretty crazy.”
Colby Covington and Fabricio Werdum got into a scuffle, apparently centered around Covington’s persistent xenophobic comments toward Brazilians (some of which he may have directed personally at Werdum). And eventually the whole thing culminated with Werdum chucking a souvenir boomerang at the top ranked UFC welterweight.
“Nah, Colby's Colby,” Masvidal said, when asked if he thought Covington should ‘reel it back.’ “That's my partner. He's gonna do whatever he wants. He's not gonna definitely listen to me. He's crazy, man. I actually told him, though, right before we left – because he was scheduled to do some interviews with the UFC – and I told him, I go, 'You should watch out, you know? If that dude said that, he probably would try to do something to you, put his hands on you.' And it's crazy that it happened shortly after. This was, like, 20 minutes before that happened. I told him, I was like, 'Hey, be ready in case something happens, you know?'“
Despite his own history of fighting outside the confines of a professional sporting arrangement, Masvidal sounded generally relieved that he wasn’t involved in what happened in Sydney. If for no other reason than the negative press it generates.
“You know, it's crazy because I don't want to be in, start more bad press for my sport and get fined and things,” Masvidal told reporters. “So, in a way I'm glad that I'm not there. I just, I don't want to be a part of the chaos, you know? I'm not gonna run for it, if there's a fight and somebody's pickin' it with me. Well, that's what I love to do, so f-ck it. I might have to do a free one here and there. But I don't want to. I don't want to get in trouble. I don't want no extra, negative media on me.”
“Colby's Colby, man,” Masvidal reiterated. “He's crazy, he's on a different vibe. He's got different plans, man. I don't tell him what to do when it comes to that type of stuff. You know, he'll listen to me, but at the end of the day that's dude's crazy, man. He's gonna do what he wants to do, man.”
Masvidal also talked about his recent loss to top contender Stephen Thompson at UFC 217, along with as his plans to take some time off over the next six months to reinvent his game. He gave his thoughts to talk of a potential Georges St-Pierre vs. Tyron Woodley title fight as well. Namely that he hopes it doesn’t happen, for fears it would gum up the division like GSP vs. Bisping has at middleweight or Conor McGregor has at lightweight.
No matter what the title picture at 170 looks like, however, it sounds like fans of ‘Gamebred’ won’t be seeing him back in the cage until late next spring or early summer.