By AG. Fight for FloCombat
"I see myself breaking his face."
That's how Jorge Masvidal, known for getting to the bottom of things inside the cage, started his interview with AG. Fight at Thursday’s Ultimate Media Day. The face he’s referring to belongs to Stephen Thompson, the former UFC welterweight title contender Masvidal will face Saturday, Nov. 4, on the main card of UFC 217 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The two fighters will take center stage during the pay-per-view portion of the card just before a trio of title fights hits "The Mecca."
"I'll be No. 1," Masvidal said regarding his bout with Thompson and the implications it might hold for two of the top fighters in one of the UFC's most competitive weight classes. “After this fight, I'll fight for the belt, especially after the post-fight speech I'm going to give.
"I haven’t prepared anything yet, but I’ll [...] do something really disgusting, something ugly, and scare people. It’ll go viral. I still don’t know what it’s going to be, though.”
If he needs any advice on how to get the most attention out of his 30 seconds on the mic following a win, look no further than Masvidal’s “little brother," Colby Covington, who took to insulting an entire country following his win over Demian Maia in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
And while a host of Brazilian fighters have lashed out at Covington for it, among them several of his teammates at American Top Team, such as UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and former UFC heavyweight contender Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, Masvidal can’t quite see the issue.
"Colby gave people a demonstration of insanity," Masvidal said. “I'm going to do something different, the way I usually do. I'm just going to give a show and a nice post-fight speech [...].
"Colby has said things about [some of his teammate’s] country and, in the end, they’re fighters. It doesn’t matter if they’re good, bad, weak — they’re all fighters. They’ll have opinions, maybe they’ll confront him, maybe not. But what does it matter? It's an individual sport, and when we get in there, it's just one guy. Not even my coaches are going to be there with me. But people will get angry, it’s whatever."
Masvidal continued, saying he had no problem with Covington's antics.
"Colby is a special case," he said. "I sympathize with him because he's my little brother. We went through many things together. So, I’ll support him, I’ll cheer for him always, no matter what he does. If he robs a bank, I'll still be on his side. That's what good friends do.
"He was on my side when I went through difficult times, so I'll be on his side, in good times and bad times. His case is special. I won’t say anything negative."