Jorge Masvidal has taken a thinly veiled jibe at Colby Covington after news emerged that US President Donald Trump will attend UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden.


“Gamebred” fights Nate Diaz for the BMF title in the main event, and Trump is expected to go to New York to watch Saturday’s stacked card before staying overnight in Trump Tower.
“Of course [I’m honoured], no matter what your political views on him, not every fighter can say, ‘Hey, the president is showing up to my fight’,” Masvidal told TMZ Sports.
“So that’s humbling in itself, especially when there are other fighters out there trying so hard, saying, ‘Hey, Mr President, look at me’ and the president won’t even go to their fights, look at them or acknowledge them.”

Masvidal’s comments were a clear jab at teammate and former friend Colby Covington, who has riled some prominent members of American Top Team with his outspoken words.

Former interim welterweight champion Covington is a prominent Trump supporter, and visited the US president in the Oval Office last year.

Masvidal’s comments were a clear jab at teammate and former friend Colby Covington, who has riled some prominent members of American Top Team with his outspoken words.

Former interim welterweight champion Covington is a prominent Trump supporter, and visited the US president in the Oval Office last year.
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The president’s sons, Donald Trump Jnr and Eric Trump, sat cageside for Covington’s unanimous decision win against Robbie Lawler in August at the Prudential Centre in New Jersey.
Trump contacted Covington by phone call when he was backstage after the fight to congratulate him – but Masvidal clearly thinks he has the president’s favour.
“So to them haters and those dudes all up in the sauce trying to get that, let your talents speak for themselves. I’m only here because this talks louder than me,” Masvidal said.
US President Donald Trump speaks during a Medal of Honour ceremony for Army Master Sergeant Matthew Williams at the White House. Photo: Bloomberg
US President Donald Trump speaks during a Medal of Honour ceremony for Army Master Sergeant Matthew Williams at the White House. Photo: Bloomberg
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Trump won’t be the only celebrity there – Hollywood icon Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will also present the “BMF” belt to winner of Masvidal versus Diaz, and has teased a special announcement to boot.
“I almost can’t think too much on it because there’s so much goodness I don’t want to overwhelm myself,” Masvidal said. “I’m just gonna soak it all up after my performance.
“Right now I can’t think about I’m headlining MSG, I can’t think about The Rock from Miami, Florida that played for the Us [Miami Hurricanes college football team] coming out there to drop the belt on me. It never happens. All these things I can’t think about. I’ve gotta keep reminding myself it’s just a fight.”

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