Kamara Usman recently broke his silence on the ongoing saga between Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington. The welterweight champion believes both men are to blame for the incident. Kamaru Usman knows the pair very well, having previously shared the Octagon with Masvidal and Colby twice. The P4P king successfully beat both competitors twice.
Despite his best efforts, Covington’s trash-talk didn’t play a factor in his meetings with the champion. Usman kept professional and let it slide. However, the same can’t be said for Masvidal, who took it further by assaulting Covington in a restaurant in Miami.
In Kamaru Usman’s recent Instagram live, he gave his take on the situation.
Kamaru Usman on Masvidal and Covington
“One, it’s unfortunate because it’s taken itself, it’s growing legs now out of just sports to actuality and reality.”
“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. 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.” (transcribed by MMA Junkie)
As many do, Usman understands why Masvidal pursued to attack Covington outside of the Octagon. Still, he doesn’t condone Masvidal’s actions stating he didn’t handle the situation properly.
“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.
“Both guys took a big L”
“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.”
Covington showed his class on the night by dominating his former friend for five rounds. After the fight, both men continued to throw shade and taunt one another, but is it one step too far from Masvidal? If found guilty, Masvidal could face up to 15 years in prison. The other punishment is a $10,000 fine for second-degree felony aggravated battery with additional penalties possible from the criminal mischief charge.
Let us know what you think of the situation? Do you agree with Kamaru Usman?