Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show: Joanna says Covington has been a bad teammate

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk scored a big win for American Top Team on Saturday by beating Michelle Waterson, but she wasn’t sharing that celebration with ATT teammate Colby Covington.

Covington will challenge welterweight champ Kamaru Usman on Dec. 14, and his public feuds with ATT teammates Jorge Masvidal and Dustin Poirier have not gone over well with Jedrzejczyk.

“No, no focus on dumb people,” she said during Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday. “Colby is something else. We let him be. We let him be.

“I never wish any fighter to get like hurt, I wish that Usman will beat his ass. I shouldn’t say this because you always should support your people, but Colby is not a friend, he’s just acting weird. He’s an ugly guy. You never talk bad about your teammates, doesn’t matter if you like them or not.”

Jedrzejczyk said Covington is trying to act like another controversial UFC character.

“He’s acting like he’s Conor McGregor, trying to show on the video that people open the door for him, that he’s driving fancy cars,” Jedrzejczyk said. “He’s in show guys, he’s in show. He’s a hard worker. I don’t buy it.”


McKee surprised by ranking in ESPN’s Top 25 under 25

Bellator’s A.J. McKee was chosen No. 1 among the top 25 MMA fighters under 25 by a panel of ESPN insiders, and he admitted it caught him off guard.

“I wasn’t expecting it, just because I know how some people think UFC is more superior than Bellator, and I think one day I’ll show that that’s not the case,” he said.

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AJ McKee says he was surprised to be named ESPN’s top fighter under age 25 because some people think UFC is superior to Bellator, but he plans to change that narrative.


Davis delivers on short notice

Mike Davis‘ life has been a whirlwind of chaos over the last month. He was supposed to fight Danny Henry in Copenhagen on September 28, but Davis was sidelined by a bad staph infection that hospitalized him and temporarily hindered the mobility of his right arm.

With the infection cleared up, though, Davis was enjoying his 27th birthday on the night of Oct. 7 when he got a call asking if he could step in for Brok Weaver and fight Thomas Gifford at UFC Fight Night in Tampa on Oct. 12.

“That whole weekend was just food binging with my family and a couple of my friends (and) my manager,” said Davis. “I got this call and I was like ‘Oh, dang.'”

Fighting on four days’ notice is a daunting task, but with the work he put in preparing for Copenhagen, Davis ultimately felt he was up to the challenge.

“I was getting ready for Copenhagen two weeks prior, and I felt great, so I took it,” he said.

He was 173 pounds when he accepted the fight, but Davis called it an easy cut. On Tuesday, he dropped nine pounds and woke up at 161 pounds on Wednesday — and Davis was on his way. He ultimately dropped Gifford late in the third round and earned his first career UFC win.


With $1M within reach, Michaud remains grounded

“It’s more exhausting than those two fights were, honestly.” — David Michaud on the panic attacks that he used to experience because of his fear of flying. Michaud, fresh off Friday’s PFL victories over John Howard and Glaico Franca, will be driving the 2,400 miles from Phoenix to New York City for his $1 million welterweight finale against Ray Cooper III on Dec. 31.

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