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Kamaru Usman opines on the recent Covington-Masvidal scuffle: Both are in the wrong

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UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has spoken up on the recent off the cage altercation between two of his divisional rivals – Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal, stating that he believes both fighters are to be blamed for the incident.

In the wake of their UFC 272 clash which ended with Covington picking up a unanimous decision victory over Masvidal, the latter had ganged up on “Chaos” along with 4-5 men outside Papi Steak restaurant in Miami, where Covington had gone to for drinks and dinner.

The reason for Masvidal tracking down his former teammate was the trash talk from Covington prior to UFC 272. According to eyewitness claims, Masvidal had punched Covington a couple of times, while telling him “You shouldn’t have been talking about my kids” and the scuffle ended with fractured teeth and a damaged wrist. The BMF titleholder was arrested on aggravated battery and criminal mischief charges last week.

Kamaru Usman blames both Covington and Masvidal: both guys took a big ‘L’

Kamaru Usman, who has had grudge sessions with both Covington and Masvidal in the past, recently took to Instagram Live and while he slammed Covington for not putting a leash on his mouth during the buildup to the fight, he also blamed Masvidal for not handing the situation wisely.

“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,” said Usman.

“Of course some people, i.e like myself, I am just wise enough to understand that you could say whatever you want to say,” the Nigerian went on, “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.”

“Now (Masvidal is) facing counts, and now you could potentially go away. 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. 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,” Usman added. [H/T MMAJunkie]

Highlights:

  • UFC Welterweight champ Kamaru Usman believes both Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal are in the wrong for their recent altercation

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