Jorge Masvidal Explains Why Certain Fighters Need To Trash Talk

Jorge Masvidal, Colby CovingtonUFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal has his own theories behind why some of the brashest personalities in UFC history, including Chael Sonnen and Colby Covington, always engage in the art of trash talk. Masvidal will face his former American Top Team teammate, Covington in a grudge match at UFC 272. After they were friends for years […]

Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington

UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal has his own theories behind why some of the brashest personalities in UFC history, including Chael Sonnen and Colby Covington, always engage in the art of trash talk.

Masvidal will face his former American Top Team teammate, Covington in a grudge match at UFC 272. After they were friends for years and helped each other grow in the sport, they have fallen out and will settle their differences in the octagon.

The Masvidal vs. Covington fight is one of only a few of its kind. There are rarely non-title pay-per-view main events in the UFC, except a Conor McGregor fight.

During a recent interview with Ariel Helwani, Masvidal claimed that Covington and Sonnen’s less entertaining in-cage approach is the reasoning behind their overcompensating out of it.

Jorge Masvidal Opines On Colby Covington, Chael Sonnen

“Chael had to be so sh*t-talking because he didn’t have an exciting style for a long time; he was just wrestling guys to death,” Masvidal said. “So he had to do that extra talking and get himself over like that. That influenced guys like Colby — that’s all he does.

“[Covington] has to talk about people’s wives. Like, how f*cking low of a society have we gotten, that’s even acceptable? You’re talking about people’s wives for no reason? Talking about Amanda Nunes’ team? In doing that, he inspires the future generations. So some 12-year-old may be looking at him, thinking, ‘Oh, this is the way to go, to insult a whole nation to get yourself over,’ because you weren’t selling pay-per-views, because you can’t fight, so you have to insult a whole country now.” (h/t MMANews)

Masvidal has never been one to engage in trash talk, but he’s certainly not afraid to respond to it either. He’s gone back and forth with the likes of Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards on social media and even McGregor.

The fight itself could be very competitive, but the pre-fight buildup may surpass the event altogether.

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Sonnen: Gregor Gillespie’s Inactivity Is His Fault, He Won’t Take Fights

Chael Sonnen believes UFC lightweight contender Gregor Gillespie’s frequent inactivity is a product of his own doing.

Since signing with the UFC in 2016, Gillespie has entered the Octagon eight times. In a perfect start to his run in the promotion,…

Chael Sonnen, Gregor Gillespie

Chael Sonnen believes UFC lightweight contender Gregor Gillespie’s frequent inactivity is a product of his own doing.

Since signing with the UFC in 2016, Gillespie has entered the Octagon eight times. In a perfect start to his run in the promotion, “The Gift” went 6-0 during his first two-and-a-half years on MMA’s biggest stage, a record that included five finishes, two of which came over established veterans Vinc Puchel and Yancy Medeiros.

But a run of momentum has never been stopped quite as emphatically as Gillespie’s was. Heading into UFC 244 in 2019, the New York native was 13-0 and tipped to make a run for the 155-pound gold. Going in the opposite direction was Kevin Lee, who was coming off back-to-back losses to Rafael dos Anjos and Al Iaquinta.

With one of the most brutal knockouts the UFC has ever played host to, “The Motown Phenom” sent Gillespie’s unconscious body crashing into the cage and canvas with a thunderous head kick.

Following his first setback in professional MMA, Gillespie wasn’t seen in action for nearly two years. He returned at UFC Vegas 26 last May. With a grueling TKO, the 34-year-old finished divisional veteran Carlos Diego Ferreira in the second round.

But without a fight booked since, it appears it could be close to, or more than, a year in-between fights yet again for the #10-ranked lightweight.

Sonnen Tells Gillespie, “You’re Turning Down Fights”

While the UFC has to offer members of its roster three bouts a year, Gregor Gillespie has fought just twice across the past three years. In the mind of former UFC star-turned-MMA analyst Chael Sonnen, Gillespie’s inactivity is his own fault.

In a video recently uploaded to his YouTube channel, Sonnen claimed he’d heard rumors that suggest Gillespie has consistently been turning down fights the promotion offers him. While the 44-year-old admits the claim is just what he’s been told by others, he admitted he believes it to be true.

“Now, I only know about Gregor what I hear about Gregor… But I have heard this about Gregor for three years now, that he will not take fights,” said Sonnen. “The reason you see huge gaps in between Gregor’s last fight and his next fight isn’t because he’s not getting called, it’s not because he’s got a bum shoulder, knee, or ankle. He gets offered the fight and says no. He’s even been threatened in some regards, such as, ‘I can’t bump your money if you don’t take harder fights. ‘Great, don’t bump my money.’ I can’t prove any of these things are true, guys. I’m only confirming for you I have heard this, and I’ve heard this from other people. 

“Okay, great, ‘Gregor we can’t put you in the placement of the card we’d like to use you if you’re fighting these kinds of guys.  ‘Great, don’t put me on that place of the card.’ ‘Okay, we can’t move you up the rankings. ‘Okay, great, don’t put me up in the rankings. This is what I’ve been told and re-told, and I believe it to be true that Gregor isn’t taking fights.”

Citing Gillespie’s lengthy period of inactivity following his Lee loss and his ongoing spell on the sidelines since his Ferreira victory as evidence, Sonnen suggested there’s little chance “The Gift” is the one fighter not being offered the correct number of contests.

Instead, the former light heavyweight and middleweight contender said the more likely scenario is that Gillespie is attempting to handpick fights such as Tony Ferguson, rather than test himself against the opponents the UFC has placed on his table. When that doesn’t work out, Sonnen says the 155lber has no right to complain.

“Now the one time that he wants a fight and can’t get it, he’s upset, do you see the problem?” Sonnen added. “Now my entire diatribe goes out the window if I’ve been given bad information and Gregor is accepting fights. But I’m gonna have to push back on that and say, why from the time you fought Kevin Lee to your last fight was it a year or more? And why was your last fight in May, and we’re almost in May of this year? Are you the one guy under contract who isn’t owed contractually three fights? No, of course you are. You’re owed three fights; they offered you a fight. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and you’re turning down fights. 

“So now all of a sudden you’re chomping at the bit because you’re seeing Tony Ferguson, who everybody knows who he is and you’re even maybe seeing a blueprint within your skills that looks good for Tony Ferguson? I mean, you see the problem?”

After multiple callouts went unanswered, Gillespie has expressed his disdain in recent weeks at the fact a desired matchup with “El Cucuy” isn’t coming together. But if he has been turning down other names, Gillespie certainly won’t be getting any sympathy from Sonnen when he doesn’t get his way.

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While Sonnen didn’t provide any evidence other than Gregor Gillespie’s recent inactivity, a social media post from the 34-year-old’s fellow lightweight contender Arman Tsarukyan certainly backs up the claim.

Late last year, the Armenian-Russian 25-year-old claimed he’d accepted an offer to face Gillespie and was awaiting an answer from the wrestling specialist. With Tsarukyan now set to face rising prospect Joel Alvarez next month, it would appear “The Gift” may very well have turned down the chance to face the #13-ranked lightweight.

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Jorge Masvidal Explains Why Sonnen & Covington Need To Talk Trash

UFC welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal has explained why the likes of Chael Sonnen and Colby Covington engage in personal trash talk.

Masvidal, a two-time 170-pound title challenger, will have the chance to silence Covington when he faces his fo…

Chael Sonnen, Colby Covington, Jorge Masvidal

UFC welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal has explained why the likes of Chael Sonnen and Colby Covington engage in personal trash talk.

Masvidal, a two-time 170-pound title challenger, will have the chance to silence Covington when he faces his former teammate at UFC 272 in March. In a rare non-title headliner, the pair of friends-turned-bitter foes will settle their score inside the Octagon at the third pay-per-view of 2022.

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Both men are coming off championship losses to reigning titleholder Kamaru Usman. “Gamebred” suffered a unanimous decision loss to “The Nigerian Nightmare” in 2020, and then was brutally knocked out in their rematch at UFC 261 last April.

“Chaos,” meanwhile, first tasted defeat to Usman in 2019 at UFC 245. After being finished in the final round of what was a tight and competitive affair, Covington earned a rematch with a victory over Tyron Woodley the next year.

But despite taking the champ to the scorecards at UFC 268 last November, the controversial contender was unable to dethrone the unbeaten welterweight king.

Masvidal: Covington Inspires Future Generations To Talk Trash

In both of his challenges for gold, Covington’s trash-talking ways were on full display and included attacks on Usman’s heritage and father. For fighters, fans, and pundits, his words and insults were nothing new.

Ever since his “heel turn” in Brazil following his 2017 victory over Demian Maia, which saw Covington brand the South American nation a “dump,” the former interim titleholder hasn’t shied away from firing shots at all corners of the sport and all areas of his opponents; be it style, credentials, or even wives, as he’s done with Masvidal in the past.

During a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, Masvidal likened Covington’s decision to pursue a controversial, trash-talking persona to that of former two-division title challenger Chael Sonnen. “Gamebred” believes that, like Sonnen, Covington has had to make up for his wrestling-heavy fighting style by resorting to insults and trash talk in order to attract attention.

While he believes Sonnen, who recently described the UFC 272 main event as a potentially career-ending clash for Masvidal, influenced Covington’s mindset, the Miami native sees the cycle continuing with the #1-ranked welterweight contender setting an unhealthy example for future generations.

“It’s kind of like the Chael Sonnen thing,” Masvidal said. “Chael had to be so sh*t-talking because he didn’t have an exciting style for a long time; he was just wrestling guys to death. So he had to do that extra talking and get himself over like that. That influenced guys like Colby — that’s all he does.

“[Covington] has to talk about people’s wives. Like, how f*cking low of a society have we gotten, that’s even acceptable? You’re talking about people’s wives for no reason? Talking about Amanda Nunes’ team? In doing that, he inspires the future generations. So some 12-year-old may be looking at him, thinking, ‘Oh, this is the way to go, to insult a whole nation to get yourself over,’ because you weren’t selling pay-per-views, because you can’t fight, so you have to insult a whole country now.”

While he went on to insist he has no issue with jokes and general trash talk, which he certainly engaged in with Usman prior to UFC 261, Masvidal suggested that when it reaches the level of disrespect Covington often shows, it becomes unnecessary and something he “won’t stand for.”

“It just doesn’t make sense to me. We’re already going to fight as men. We’re going to give it all we have to each other. We don’t have to talk about things like children, women, religion, people’s countries,” added Masvidal. “To make jokes, I think it’s cool to get under somebody’s skin. But to go to that level of disrespect, it’s not — and what’s even worse is that it might inspire future generations to do it. And that I won’t stand for. We’ve got to crush it.” (h/t MMA Fighting)

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Facing Covington won’t be the first time Masvidal has come against a trash-talking wrestler. In 2019, a year that saw “Gamebred” rise from a mid-tier name to an MMA superstar, Masvidal faced former ONE and Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren.

The now-retired Askren’s attempts to agitate and wind up Masvidal went on right into the Octagon, just seconds before the fight began. But just moments after his final remarks, “Funky” was put to sleep with a memorable flying knee.

Masvidal will hope to “crush” former friend and teammate Covington in a similar fashion on March 5.

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Chael Sonnen Believes Colby Covington Could End Jorge Masvidal’s Career At UFC 272

Chael SonnenChael Sonnen took to his YouTube channel earlier this week praising Jorge Masvidal for signing the bout agreement with his bitter rival and former friend, Colby Covington. Sonnen said he admired Masvidal for living up to his BMF name by accepting a fight with someone he believes could spell the end of the road for […]

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Chael Sonnen took to his YouTube channel earlier this week praising Jorge Masvidal for signing the bout agreement with his bitter rival and former friend, Colby Covington.

Sonnen said he admired Masvidal for living up to his BMF name by accepting a fight with someone he believes could spell the end of the road for ‘Gamebred’.

‘The Bad Guy’ also broke down the advantages and disadvantages that Masvidal is facing in the matchup, alluding specifically to how he and Covington never trained together at welterweight. However, shortly after he discussed the ways that Covington could cause so much damage to Masvidal that it could force him into retirement.

Around the 5:30 mark of the video below, Sonnen mentions that if Masvidal loses or puts up a poor performance on this high of a stage, it could be detrimental to his draw capabilities going forward.

“I really have got to show respect to Masvidal, because this is a career-ending fight,” Sonnen said. “It is that big of a deal. There will be that much attention and that much focus and that much hatred going into this battle. Jorge, who is the second biggest draw in combat (sports) right now, he’s coming off of two defeats.”

“If he goes out there and he gets taken down and he gets mauled for 25 minutes, it is going to take a lot of luster off of the shine that is the second biggest draw (in the UFC), the BMF, Jorge Masvidal. It’s a big deal and Jorge signed up anyway. God damn, I respect that!” 

(transcribed by Jeffery Walter of bjpenn.com)

Chael Sonnen Would Like To See 5 Round Fight For BMF Title

The grudge match was announced last week and it is expected to be the headliner for the March 5 PPV event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Sonnen made it very clear that he believes this fight has the drawing power to be its own main event and if that’s the case he would like to see Masvidal put his notorious BMF belt on the line.

Masvidal is coming off back-to-back losses against champion Kamaru Usman. Covington also fell to Usman in his last outing so both fighters will be coming into the bout looking to get back on track towards a title shot.

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Chael Sonnen Applauds Masvidal For Risking It All In Covington Fight

Chael Sonnen has praised Jorge Masvidal for taking the very risky fight against Colby Covington.

In the main event of UFC 272 on March 5, Masvidal and Covington will finally settle their differences. It’s a highly-anticipated bout as they used to b…

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Chael Sonnen has praised Jorge Masvidal for taking the very risky fight against Colby Covington.

In the main event of UFC 272 on March 5, Masvidal and Covington will finally settle their differences. It’s a highly-anticipated bout as they used to be roommates and close friends; however, they had a massive falling out and have taken shots at one another for years now.

For Sonnen, he says he is surprised “Gamebred” took this fight, as it is a tough matchup for him coming off two losses in a row and with very high stakes.

“In all fairness, I really got to show respect to Masvidal because this is a career-ending fight,” Sonnen said on his YouTube channel (via Sportskeeda). “It is that big of a deal, there will be that much attention and that much focus and that much hatred going into this battle. Jorge, who is the second biggest draw in combat [sports] right now who’s coming off of two defeats.

Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington
Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington

“If he goes out there and he gets taken down and he gets mauled for 25 minutes, it is going to take a lot of luster off of the shine that is the second biggest draw [in MMA], the BMF, Jorge Masvidal. It’s a big deal and Jorge signed up anyway. God damn, I respect that,” Sonnen concluded.

Jorge Masvidal was a massive star in 2019 as he scored a KO win over Darren Till, the flying knee KO over Ben Askren, and a TKO win over Nate Diaz to win the BMF belt. Since then, however, he has lost two straight to Kamaru Usman for the belt, including the last being by KO, which many viewed as the knockout of the year in 2021.

If Masvidal loses to Covington, it would be three straight and would likely signal the end of his time as a top contender. It would also hurt his damage as a superstar, which is the chief reason Chael Sonnen is praising Gamebred for taking this scrap.

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Chael Sonnen: You’re A ‘Jerk’ If You Don’t Give Jake Paul Credit

Chael SonnenChael Sonnen thinks Jake Paul deserves credit for successfully crossing over into the combat sports world. The YouTuber began pursuing a professional boxing career in 2020 and has managed to pick up five straight wins since then. However, Paul’s level of opposition has left a lot to be desired. The 24-year-old fought a fellow internet […]

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Chael Sonnen thinks Jake Paul deserves credit for successfully crossing over into the combat sports world.

The YouTuber began pursuing a professional boxing career in 2020 and has managed to pick up five straight wins since then. However, Paul’s level of opposition has left a lot to be desired. The 24-year-old fought a fellow internet celebrity in his first fight before taking on a former NBA player next.

After that, Paul fought Ben Askren, who is known for his elite-level wrestling skills and lack of striking ability. In the latter months of 2021, Paul twice fought Tyron Woodley. ‘The Chosen One’ was past his prime and riding a long losing streak. He also doesn’t have any background in striking but has scored some epics KOs through the years. The fights were close and unentertaining, but Paul managed to emerge victorious from both of them. In the first fight, he earned a split decision victory. In the rematch, Paul scored a one-punch KO win in the sixth round.

Chael Sonnen Gives Jake Paul Props

Paul is yet to earn the respect of many in the boxing world due to the fact he hasn’t even fought a boxer yet. The former Disney actor continues to call out undersized UFC stars. It’s clear he has no intention of climbing the rankings like every other boxing prospect.

Despite not being everyone’s cup of tea, Paul has earned some praise for taking the unnecessary leap to combat sports. Former UFC and Bellator fighter Chael Sonnen is someone who thinks Paul deserves some credit. ‘The American Gangster’ even goes as far to say, if you don’t give Paul credit then you’re “a little bit of a jerk.”

“When I tell you that it was a big deal that Jake took all those steps and all of a sudden he’s in there in front of the world, it doesn’t matter who his opponent was, that was a huge step after he has success and everybody tries to take it from him,” Sonnen said.

“Okay, he needs to get in there with a fellow athlete, a fellow competitor, a fellow combat guy, he goes out there and does it successfully and he takes a huge leap which he had absolutely no business doing, get in there with a former world champion. So when you look at these gains and you don’t want to give Paul credit, you’re just being a little bit of a jerk.” (Transcribed by Sportskeeda)

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