No one knows Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington better than Kamaru Usman. The welterweight champion has spent considerable time in the Octagon with both fighters so it’s only natural he would weigh in on Masvidal’s arrest.
“One, it’s unfortunate because it’s taken itself, it’s growing legs now out of just sports to actuality and reality,” Usman said in a recent Instagram live session (h/t MMA Junkie). “That’s what’s the danger about what you say trying to build a fight or leading up to a fight. You have to watch your mouth. You can’t just run off at the mouth and say what you want or do what you want and expect the opponent to still keep it sport-related.
“Of course some people, i.e like myself, I am just wise enough to understand that you could say whatever you want to say,” he continued. “At the end of the day, I will do my talking with my hands inside once we step in there because that is what I’m there for, is to compete. So you can say and do whatever you want to try and throw me off my competitive edge, which is my mind, but at the end of the day, you can’t. I will go in there and I will still handle business. But in this case, you said a lot of things that crossed the line and some people are not wise enough to not risk it all outside.”
Masvidal was arrested after allegedly sucker-punching Covington on the streets of Miami, resulting in an injury to his tooth and damage to a Rolex watch. He’s facing “one count of aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm and one count of criminal mischief. He was released on $15,000 bond,” according to MMA Junkie.
“Now (Masvidal is) facing counts, and now you could potentially go away,” Usman added. “So that’s the unfortunate nature of the situation. I don’t like it. Both guys, I believe, are in the wrong. You can’t just do what you want and say what you want just because you want to sell something, and I feel that’s wrong – very wrong.
“But also, you can’t go as an athlete – as an elite athlete, you’re one of the best athletes in the world – you can’t just go attacking somebody in the street. Yeah, I understand it’s another athlete, but you can’t just do that when it’s outside of competition. So both guys took a big ‘L’ on that one. (I) pray for both, though. (I) hope they’re OK.”