Colby Covington gets what he wants with Dustin Poirier accepting a fight.
Dustin Poirier was vehemently against fighting Colby Covington, as he originally claimed that he didn’t want to put money in his pocket.
Poirier did claim that he would settle it on the street or behind closed doors after the Jorge Masvidal fight, but was quite adamant that Covington would not make a cent out of him.
Fast forward to Dustin Poirier’s recent appearance on the MMA Hour, and he admitted that he abandoned his principles.
“I don’t hate anyone, but if there was a line right before hate, Colby’s standing right there,” said Poirier.
Dustin Poirier won’t be fighting ATT teammate Jorge Masvidal for the BMF belt, adding “I don’t sell out like f—ing Colby Covington.” pic.twitter.com/4kQT1Gez99
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 8, 2019
“I really dislike the guy, and I’ve been saying I don’t want him to make a dollar off of fighting me, but they offered me him last week…
“It was either wait to the end of the year and fight for a No. 1 contender at lightweight, or fight in July, and that was the name that they gave me. So I was like, ‘F*ck it.’”
A change of plan.
Poirier is aware of his previous comments and claims that he still feels the same way.
“So that’s not a call out of him. I’m not going out of my way. I don’t want to fight the guy. I don’t want him profiting anything off of me, but if they’re not giving me a fight until the end of the year and this is what they’re giving me, I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do.
“I fought in December. I don’t want to sit in a holding pattern for 10-11 months. I’m healthy and I want to fight.”
— Jed I. Goodman © (@jedigoodman) May 16, 2022
His decision might annoy those who thought he was in the right, as he stood by his morals after legal proceedings began with Poirier’s teammate Masvidal.
But what is worse is that he feels he betrayed them himself.
“I’m kind of pissed off at myself for saying I’d do it. Not that I’m worried about the guy or his skill set or anything like that, it’s that I don’t want the f****** guy to prosper because I said yes to a fight with him.
“I don’t want him to make a dollar off of anything that I’ve done or off of fighting me, period. But you get a glass of whiskey in you, they call you a couple days before, s*** happens and then you fight. So f*** it.
“He’s everything I dislike about mixed martial arts. He’s a cartoon character. Everything he does is for an extra click or view, none of it’s authentic. He can wrestle though. I’ve been around him for years. I know him from being in the gym with him since 2012, 2013-ish, but he’s just a fake, a phoney.”