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Midnight Mania! Dustin Poirier responds to Colby Covington’s controversial sparring clip

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Colby Covington, in classic “Chaos” style, lives to cause problems. It is unlikely that Covington and Dustin Poirier will ever meet in the cage — the former team mates are at different weight classes, and each man is involved in his own title hunt — but that does not prevent Covington from taking every opportunity to pester “The Diamond.”

Earlier today, Covington released a clip of Poirier dropping a sparring partner in the gym. Covington did his best to not-so-subtly imply that Poirier was a bad guy beating up unprepared sparring partners, and so Poirier has gone online to clear the air.

First and foremost, that’s no amateur in the clip. That’s Felipe Douglas, who holds a professional record of 18-5.

In addition, Poirier spoke to UFC Arabia’s Farah Hannoun to further explain the situation.

“I didn’t want people to think that was an amateur kid or something like that,” Poirier said (via MMAJunkie). “That was a professional fighter. I mean, that’s what happens in gyms during hard sparring, real sparring. There’s times when you drill, and train, and stuff like that, but there’s times where you hard spar and that was a hard sparring session.”

For the most part, fans and fighters online dismissed Covington’s attempted GOTCHA! moment. Still, it was wise of Poirier to refute the allegations, lest he develop an unfairly negative reputation as a gym bully.

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