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Masvidal ignores ATT’s trash-talking gag order: ‘Sensitive’ Covington is no fighter

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Jorge Masvidal explains why badmouthing Colby Covington exempts him from American Top Team’s new policy on trash-talking.

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Since he put on his persona in 2017, Colby Covington has been talking up a mad storm, sparing no one in his path. That included some of his teammates at the American Top Team.

Because of the tension created within the gym, ATT owner Dan Lambert was forced to come up with a new policy that prohibits trash talking among fighters in his stable.

“Unless you have a bout agreement to fight someone, in which case there obviously needs to be some promotion, there’s a gag order on talking about people at the gym. If that’s something a fighter chooses they need to do, then they have to go train somewhere else,” Lambert said, while admitting that he may have allowed things to get out of hand, being a “pro-wrestling nerd.”

But not all fighters are willing to follow this new arrangement. Jorge Masvidal went on to hit at his former training partner, with his own justification for doing so.

Covington did issue an apology recently, but it only goes as far as Dustin Poirier. In his eyes, Masvidal is a “50/50 average mediocre fighter” whose face he threatened to “rearrange” inside the Octagon.