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Midnight Mania! Dana White sides with Khamzat on Covington-Masvidal street assault, cites ‘man code’

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While Jorge Masvidal has battles ahead of him with the Florida court system, it doesn’t seem likely that UFC punishes him for his alleged attack on Colby Covington. Like UFC 273 star Khamzat Chimaev, UFC President Dana White lies a fair amount of the blame on “Chaos” feet for crossing the line with his verbal assault.

“I say this all the time, first of all, in no way shape or form do I ever condone violence in people, my guys fighting each other in the streets and s—t like that,” White said on The Pat McAfee Show (via MMAFighting). “But on the flip side, when you’re dealing with a guy like Jorge Masvidal and you start talking about his family, all these fighters — listen, say what you want to say about me, you hate me, you think I’m ugly, whatever my thing is, but when you start talking about people’s families it goes to a whole ‘nother level. You talk about people’s families and you’re walking out of a restaurant and you better be ready for a guy like Jorge Masvidal to run up on you.

“Is anybody shocked that he talked s—t about his kids and his wife and you think that he’s not gonna do that? Of course he’s gonna do that.”

White also pointed to the personal nature of their bad blood as a reason for the incident. Masvidal and Covington were good friends and training partners before their relationship soured, which turned out to be fuel for the fire once the pair were at one another’s throats.

“You’ve got to understand these guys were actually friends and training partners so they know intimate details about each other, about each other’s lives, about each other’s families, and there’s something that’s called f—king man code,” White said. “A lot of these young, goofy f—king dudes these days don’t know about it, but they need to learn about it.”

On the other side of the equation, Covington is likely to face Khamzat Chimaev next, provided the Chechen mauler can make it through Gilbert Burns tomorrow night at UFC 273.

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CHAMPIONSHIP DOUBLE DIP! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to Phoenix, Ariz., on Sat., May 7, 2022, with a blockbuster championship doubleheader. Headlining the pay-per-view (PPV) event will be Lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira, seeking to defend his title against No. 1-ranked contender, Justin Gaethje. In UFC 274’s co-main event, women’s Strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas, looks to avenge her loss against No. 2-seeded, Carla Esparza. And top-ranked Lightweight contenders collide when Michael Chandler (No. 5) locks horns with Tony Ferguson (No. 7) in a fan-friendly 155-pound clash for the ages.

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