Morning report: Colby Covington calls for ‘personal rivalry’ fight with Dustin Poirier

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Ah, now this feels familiar. You may or may not have noticed on Monday, but my nemesis Jed Meshew is taking some well-deserved vacation time this week. That means a changing cast of characters will bring you gorgeous morning updates over the next few days, and you guys already know I couldn’t resist getting back into action and making a quick stop at my old stomping grounds. (After all, the morning report is the house Al-Shatti built. Ask your parents if your new kids don’t know.)

For today’s main story, we turn to the guy who’s never heard of a take too hot to fire, like the guys from Watch Fanatics press the chaos button and spoke to Colby Covington as a sequel to UFC 264. Covington, the No. 2 welterweight in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings, has a little a dirty history with the winner of the main event of UFC 264, Dustin Poirier β€” and when asked about Poirier’s last win over Conor McGregor and how Poirier handled McGregor’s unfortunate leg injury in the wake of UFC 264, Covington didn’t hold back.

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“I thought last night it showed the ‘charitable, nice guy’ the true character of Dustin ‘The Doofus’ Soirier,” Covington said. β€œHe’s standing there, parading Conor’s face. It was obviously a fluke, man. Conor broke his leg. It was a fluke. It wasn’t a knockout, it wasn’t a clear decision, it wasn’t submission. And the man is standing there parading in front of the man’s face at a doom when that man made his career and did everything for Dustin to give him this big fight.

β€œSo I thought it was funny. It showed its true nature, character. He’s got his little prop, his wife Jolie out there. It’s clear she’s a mainstay. He only uses her as a prop because he knows he’s an asshole and he wants to pretend he’s a nice guy, a family man, a father and a good husband. So I thought last night it showed its true character. He is a dirty bag and so is the entire camp where he lives.”

Covington seemingly went on to push for a fight with his former ATT teammate, dismissing the idea that he was bullying a smaller man. The one-time UFC title contender claimed Poirier weighed around 190 pounds when the two weighed themselves in the gym, while Covington hovered around 185 pounds, arguing that a match-up between them would be a much more lucrative proposition for Poirier than a title shot. against UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, which is expected to be Poirier’s next move.

“It’s not my fault that Dustin said to the media, ‘Oh, it shows when I see Colby,’ but I’ve seen the guy 40 or 50 times since he said it showed,” Covington said. ‘So who is the man of their word, who is not the man of their word?

“It would be a greater chance for him to [fight me] than to fight [Oliveira], because the man he is going to fight with, he has no draw in America, no one really knows who he is in Brazil. He’s just not a draw, he’s not going to sell pay-per-views. So his best chance at making money if he wants to do good business is to come to 170 and see Dad. This is a personal rivalry. This isn’t like I’m trying to bully anyone and there’s no story about the fight. Man, this guy, we trained together for 10 years, and he said some things to me at the gym, I said some things to him.

β€œThere is deep, deep, deep personal issues with this drama and beef, and I just hope they settle in the octagon one day.

And with that little nugget of absurdity, go ahead and sit back in that chair of yours, my friends, pour yourself a cup of coffee that morning and let’s dive into some headlines.

More ugliness. Remember when Dustin Poirier said Conor McGregor said something mean to him after the fight that we didn’t hear? He may have been onto something.

Seven weeks. The dream fight every MMA fan has been waiting for finally has a date and location: August 19 in Cleveland, Jake Paul v Tyron Woodley. Yes.

The Dominator responds. Dodging Sean O’Malley? No son, that’s not how this whole callout business works, argues Dominick Cruz.

Double dose. With Claressa Shields’ next fight moved to the same PFL map as Kayla Harrison, four Olympic gold medals will be represented at one MMA event. That must be some kind of record.

It’s not in the budget. Our latest installment of “It’s Never Been Expensive to Be an MMA Fan” comes courtesy of another mouse price hike. I Can’t Lie: The Brutal Honesty of the “provisional” aspect of this headline makes me chuckle.

Miesha Tate against Holly Holm is still one of the most stunning moments I’ve ever seen live. What was this fight like five years ago? We are all getting too old.

Respect to Izzy for rocking the Coyotes throwback. Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick, Nikolai Khabibulin – I have so many fond memories of those old Phoenix squads.

Meet the violence of Denise Kielholtz, the kickboxing phenomenon taking on Friday night’s battle for the Bellator flyweight belt.

Michael Bisping‘s evolution into the ultra-embarrassing father is pretty fantastic.

Khabib learns his secret technique for smacking for the first time ever! Talk about an effective YouTube headline.

That “your wife is your husband” line still doesn’t quite catch on the way it thinks.

Shoutout to Eric Nicksick’s mom indeed. What a catch.

Some new/old changes on the Diaz front.

I’m still holding on to that Niko Price wins via Pride rules (the one and only MMA scoring system).

His willingness to offer these types of explanation threads is why Marc Goddard is one of my favorite officials in the game. If only there were more umpires to explain their call…


  • Mariya Agapova against Sabina Mazo for UFC Fight Night event on October 9
  • Claressa Shields vs. Not yet known moved to PFL event on August 19
  • Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley for August 29 in Cleveland

It was a real treat to get back to all my Morning Report stalwarts. Love you all. Go out and crush it today.


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