ATT fighter Jorge Masvidal appeared recently on ESPN's The Ariel Helwani Show and discussed Colby Covington's recent departure from the team. The pair were once friends, but Covington's kayfabe act soured things, with Masvidal, with the team generally, and perhaps with the fans as well.
“Guess who’s still here? Guess who’s still here? The truth will shine, my brother," said Masvidal, as transcribed by Nolan King for MMA Junkie. "I’ll let you ask Dan Lambert, but that dude was never part of this team. … At the end of the day, he didn’t feel safe in here. I wonder why.”
“[ATT] is a temple for me. It’s somewhat of a religious experience for me being in here – being in here since I was a kid, you know? My good days, my bad days, my birthdays – all days I’ve spent in this gym, sharpening my tools. I truly love this place, so I don’t like that animosity – even if he had never said a word about me.
“What type of teammate or man – he’s not a man – with the sport that we’re in, insults a woman? He insulted Joanna. He insulted Amanda. He insulted Dustin. These people are not in your weight I get it. You’re trying to do this thing where you’re some kind of heel. What’s that have to do with a woman? A 115-pound woman or a 135-pound woman? Are you going to compete against them? Are you going to sell more pay-per-views because you’re talking about Amanda and Joanna? Answer me that.”
“I’m pretty sure he’s just done, man. Life is going to get him out of there. I don’t see him winning anymore at a high level. If they give him someone new who just came in, maybe. If they have him out there against top competition, he won’t hang. He’s a fragile dude. He’s not a guy that’s mentally strong.”