Colby Covington believes Dustin Poirier quit against Charles Oliveira at UFC 269.
Covington and Poirier are former teammates of another and had a falling out after Covington picked Khabib Nurmagomedov to beat him. Since then, “Chaos” left the gym, and now after Poirier suffered a submission loss to Oliveira for the lightweight title, Covington believes “The Diamond” quit.
“Just the quitter mentality of Dustin,” Covington told Submission Radio (via MMAFighting). “He’s always been like that. Doesn’t like to work hard. You know, living off beating Conor McGregor. What’s the big deal about beating Conor McGregor anymore these days? I mean, he has a great legacy, did some great things in the past. The guy made a lot of money, but he doesn’t have that same drive anymore.”
“So, beating a guy like that is not going to mean you’re going to be some world-beater or the best in the world. So, that’s what I saw. I figured he’s gonna gas out and he was going to eventually quit. And that’s what he did. Just like in the Khabib (Nurmagomedov) fight. He quits, he puts his head on the mat and he leaves his neck open so he can get rear-naked choked. So, it wasn’t a surprise.”
Although Covington claims Poirier quit against Oliveira, it is hard to say that for sure as Oliveira has some of the best jiu-jitsu in the UFC and got ahold of his back quickly.
Covington dares Poirier to move to welterweight
However, after the fight, Dustin Poirier hinted at possibly going up to welterweight, and for Colby Covington, he would love to see that happen. He hopes The Diamond moves up so they two can settle their differences inside the Octagon.
“He said a lot of things too in the media. And now he’s saying that he might come up to 170, he wants to come fight in a real man’s weight class. So, this is another personal fight. These are different types of fights, man. This isn’t about the rankings, this is about personal grudges and being held accountable for your actions. You said it’s on site when I see you in the media, it’s this and that,” Covington continued.
“He’s talking this big game like he’s a street fighter, he’s some badass fighter. Stop cutting all that weight, Dustin. Come up to the real man’s weight class, welterweight, and let’s do this, man. You talk too much sh*t. You know, you can bring your little Jezabel of a wife, bring that little kid you used a prop, bring the whole Louisiana swamp trash family, and let’s do this, man. Stop cutting all that weight, stop being a bully.”