Colby Covington posted a sparring session video of a “dirty” Dustin Poirier knocking out an amateur in training.
It turns out that the sparring partner isn’t an amateur and has fought more MMA bouts than Covington.
Poirier is a slight betting favorite to beat Conor McGregor this Saturday night at UFC 264.
Colby Covington’s sparring video of Dustin Poirier has created a stir in the UFC community with less than a week to go before UFC 264.
In the video, allegedly taken while Poirier was training for his UFC 242 title challenge against Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Diamond drops a sparring partner with a big punch to the head. The sparring partner was not wearing head gear while Poirier was and according to Covington, the guy was an amateur:
The guy wearing full nerf gear head to toe to protect his face and his feelings is Poirier. The guy with no headgear, wrestling credentials or brain cells left is “khabib.” @DustinPoirier Good guy? Bad guy? You be the judge👨⚖️ #AndNew #UFC264 pic.twitter.com/EMMFwC2b4E
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) July 6, 2021
However, the truth from the sparring video have started to emerge and it looks like Covington is merely trying to besmirch Poirier ahead of his high-profile showdown against Cono McGregor this weekend.
Not an Amateur
This is a pro fighter with 20 wins https://t.co/0rEGN3bf53
— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) July 6, 2021
The Diamond immediately responded to claims that he was sparring against a poor amateur. In a social media reply, Poirier clarified that his sparring partner is a professional fighter who has 20 wins in the sport.
Later, Titan FC veteran Felipe Douglas revealed to MMAFighting that he is the fighter sparring with Poirier in the video. According to Douglas, there was no reason to wear a head gear because Poirier trains well and isn’t mean. He called the video an “intense sparring session” and knockdowns like those happen regularly in sparring sessions, especially with a hard-hitter like Poirier.
Spoke with Felipe “Buakaw” Douglas, the guy sparring Dustin Poirier in the video released by Colby Covington, about the footage.
As expected, no big deal. https://t.co/j0MZo9JIRY
— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) July 6, 2021
Known as Buakaw, the 29-year old Douglas’ record varies depending on which MMA site you check out. At Sherdog, he is 16-5 with 7 knockouts and 3 submission wins. MMAJunkie says he is 17-5 while Tapology has his record at 18-5. Regardless of which record is correct, Douglas has fought at least 20 bouts. And while it’s not the 20 wins that Poirier claims, he’s more than seasoned enough to share the ring in a sparring session against a UFC vet like the Diamond.
Fighters Defend Poirier
Fighters defend Dustin Poirier after Colby Covington leaks sparring video: ‘Nothing dirty about it’ https://t.co/tL3v1ljjOG
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) July 6, 2021
Since Covington posted the video online, fighters left and right have come forward to defend Poirier, saying there is nothing dirty about what Poirier did. Even Jorge Masvidal, who is eyeing a fight with Covington, has offered his support for Poirier. Masvidal, Poirier, and Covington used to train at ATT in the past but like most former teammates, Covington isn’t well-liked for his attitude.
The timing of Covington’s accusation against Poirier comes five days before the latter’s highly anticipated third fight against Conor McGregor this weekend. Poirier is a slight betting favorite at the best UFC betting sites to beat McGregor this Saturday night at UFC 264.
Maybe Covington is trying to get attention because his supposed title challenge against Kamaru Usman has not yet been even discussed. Or maybe he wants to fight Poirier and is trying to be the first to get in the Diamond’s head before Saturday’s bout. Who know? One thing’s certain. Colby’s antics have backfired. But perhaps this is the role that he likes to portray- the villain. In that regard, he has succeeded.