Dustin Poirier faces Conor McGregor on Jan. 23 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, a rematch of their UFC 178 bout in 2014. McGregor got the best of Poirier when they fought at featherweight, needing less than two minutes to take out “The Diamond.”
Covington (16-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC), a former teammate of Poirier at American Top Team, thinks McGregor gets the job done again — and quickly.
“My best fake friend Dustin Sorrier,” Covington told Submission Radio. “All I can say guys, is you guys make sure you got the Kleenex ready at the press conference, because you know Dustin Sorrier is gonna break down on the mic, he’s gonna cry to the world, get everybody to feel sympathy and feel bad for him. He’s gonna get sparked again in the first round, because he’s completely washed up and has no chin anymore and no heart.”
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Covington recently departed ATT after nearly a decade with the gym. Rifts with the likes of Poirier and Jorge Masvidal caused a separation within the gym, with Covington often having his own tailor-made training sessions.
American Top Team owner Dan Lambert was unhappy with the drama, prompting Covington to issue an apology to Poirier. But now that Covington has left for MMA Masters, he isn’t pulling any punches towards his former teammate.
“It’s not gonna be competitive,” Covington added. “I think Conor’s just gonna spark him first round. Just get the Kleenex ready, cause Dustin’s gonna be crying up a storm at the press conference and getting everybody to feel bad for him. ‘Wah-wah, feel bad for me, I didn’t accomplish my dream.’ Yeah, cause you’re a (expletive). You didn’t work hard enough for it. What is up with society these days? People think that everyone should get a participation trophy. Dustin needs his safe space. Go in your safe space, Dustin.”
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