Dana White Responds to Colby Covington’s Challenge to Dustin Poirier

Dustin Poirier & Colby Covington

Getty Dustin Poirier & Colby Covington

No. 1-ranked welterweight contender Colby Covington notched a big victory on Saturday night at UFC 272, and in his post-fight interview, he challenged top-ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier.

After earning a unanimous decision victory over Jorge Masvidal, “Chaos” spoke with color commentator Joe Rogan.

“Now onto business, Joe,” Covington said via Essentially Sports. “I just took care of Miami street trash. Now it’s time to take care of Louisiana swamp trash! Where you at Dustin Poirier, you c***. You said it’s on sight. Name the site, Dustin. Bring that j***bel of a wife and bring that little kid… and I’ll see you soon. You’re next!”

Like Masvidal, Poirier used to train with Covington at American Top Team in Florida, and their relationship has deteriorated into a bitter rivalry. Poirier has never fought at 170 pounds as a professional mixed martial artist, although he has revealed in the past that he’s open to the new weight class.

During the post-fight press, UFC president Dana White said Covington is in a “very weird situation” as he’s been defeated by reigning welterweight champion Kamaru Usman twice. And the UFC president doesn’t know where a victory over Poirier would take Covington.

“I don’t know, he’s in a very weird situation having lost to Usman twice,” White said via MMA Fighting. “Usman’s lapping everybody. I don’t know, we’ve got to see what’s next and talk to Colby and see what he really wants to do. You fight Poirier and then what? He has to go in some type of direction whether he’s gonna go to ‘55 and fight at—I don’t know, we gotta talk.”

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White Says Fight Fans Need to ‘Respect’ Covington

After the dominating win over Masvidal, and giving Usman a solid test in November 2020, Covington is undeniably one of the best 170 pounders in the world. And the UFC president believes fans need to “respect” Covington, regardless of their views on his brash personality.

“The thing is too is that after a while no matter how much you hate him, you’ve at least got to respect him,” White said. “The guy keeps winning fights and he’s a tough dude.”

“I don’t know if I’ve had any bad words to say about him,” White continued when asked about past criticism of Covington. “I said he’s an a******. He’s an a******. Anybody disagree with that? He would probably even agree with that. No, I respect the kid.”

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Masvidal Signed a Massive Contract With the UFC Days Before the Fight

Days before UFC 272, it was revealed that Masvidal re-signed with the UFC. It’s one of the most lucrative contracts the promotion has given out, but it’s unclear what Masvidal’s next move will be in the UFC.

“We don’t think that far ahead,” White said. “We sign the kid and you never know what the hell—It’s like you guys will ask me every f****** press conference what’s gonna happen after this? I don’t know. I have to see how the fight plays out. What kind of a fight is it, how did it go? And then I decide with the team what’s gonna happen next.”

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