UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington launched an unprovoked Twitter broadside at former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones over the weekend.
Ahead of Georges St-Pierre’s octagon return and challenge for the UFC middleweight title at UFC 217, Jones offered the Canadian icon some words of support.
“Hey @GeorgesStPierre you’ve always been one of my biggest inspirations,” wrote the 30-year-old JacksonWink fighter. “Show the world how great you can be tonight. Praying for you.”
Hey @GeorgesStPierre you've always been one of my biggest inspirations. Show the world how great you can be tonight. Praying for you
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) November 4, 2017
No doubt to Jones’ delight, St-Pierre emerged victorious, choking Michael Bisping unconscious in the third round of the New York event’s headliner to become just the fourth fighter in UFC history to win titles in two weight-classes.
Jones’ own career, of course, is at a very different juncture. He failed an in-competition drug test connected to UFC 214 at the end of July and his savage stoppage victory over bitter rival Daniel Cormier. ‘Bones’ was subsequently stripped of the UFC light-heavyweight title for this latest in a long line of transgressions and he, along with the rest of the MMA world, is waiting to discover his fate – which could be as severe as an enforced four-year hiatus from the sport.
Under the circumstances, Covington obviously feels that Jones should just keep quiet and he communicated this point in a rather blunt manner.
“Shut up you loser! You’re the biggest fuck up in the history of sports,” wrote the surging American Top Team fighter in direct response to Jones’ tweet.
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) November 4, 2017
Covington is no stranger to controversy himself, but so far it has merely been controversy that he has deliberately created, reveled in and used to garner himself attention. The sort of controversy that can actually aid a career – very different then from the kind that Jones has all too regularly embroiled himself in.