‘If he acts, give that man a *****g Oscar!’: Michael Bisping believes Colby Covington’s bad blood with Jorge Masvidal is genuine in the lead-up to UFC 272 grudge match
- Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington will fight in the main event at UFC 272
- It’s one of the most highly anticipated grudge matches in the company’s history
- The pair were good friends and teammates before things turned sour
- Michael Bisping Is Convinced That Bad Blood Is Legitimate And Not An Act
The mutual dislike between Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington is more genuine than an act, according to Michael Bisping.
The welterweight rivals will face off in the main event of UFC 272 in one of the most highly anticipated grudge matches in the company’s history.
In recent years, the depth of the bad feeling between them has become apparent and they have gone from close friends to fierce rivals.
Michael Bisping says the bad blood is real between Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington
The pair used to train together and were good friends, but things got dramatically out of hand
Covington’s schtick was to be the pantomime villain, who helped sell fights by at least exaggerating his personality to another level.
He sided closely with Donald Trump and has unashamedly insulted anyone he wishes to offend.
But Bisping believes that when it comes to Masvidal, there is genuine hatred between the two of them.
On his YouTube channel, he said: “By the way, everyone you speak to says, ‘No, listen, Colby is a really good guy, he just sells fights, he puts on a persona.”
“And maybe it is. If he’s doing it, if he’s acting, give that man who hurts Oscar, ’cause he plays his socks off every time.”
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He added: “This stuff, chasing after Masvidal’s ex-wife, calling him a bad father and stuff like that, I don’t think that matters.
“I mean listen, every time two guys know each other, when they lived together like they did, they know a lot of personal things about each other and then that’s when the rivalry or the hatred, for lack of a better word, can get really thick turn into.’
Masvidal claims the cause of the rift in their relationship came when Covington refused to pay their coach money that he owed.
While ‘Chaos’ states that Masvidal started to get jealous and bitter about the success he started to get after changing his persona.
The lead up to their March clash is likely to be extremely heated and is a pay-per-view sales dream for the UFC.
Jorge Masvidal (left) was knocked out by Kamaru Usman in his previous UFC fight