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Dana White targets Jorge Masvidal vs. Colby Covington in 2021: ‘It’s the fight we want, too’

UFC president Dana White is hopeful that bitter rivals Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington will lock horns in 2021.

In a recent interview with “The Schmo,” White confirmed that the plan is to have the two welterweight contenders compete at some point in the next 12 months. Despite Covington claiming that Masvidal doesn’t want the fight, White says the UFC is in the process of putting it together.

“I don’t think Masvidal said I don’t like that fight stylistically,” White said. “We’re working on that fight. It’s the fight we want, too, and hopefully we’ll get that done this year, too. We got nothing but big fights all this year so hopefully we can get a couple of these key ones buttoned up and done and start looking forward to them.”

Masvidal (35-14 MMA, 14-8 UFC) last competed in July when he stepped in on short notice to face welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 251. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

After falling short to Usman in his title tilt at UFC 245, Covington (16-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) rebounded with a fifth-round TKO of former champion Tyron Woodley at UFC on ESPN+ 36 in September.

Masvidal and Covington spent almost a decade training together at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida, but once both men climbed to the top of the welterweight rankings, things turned sour between them. Covington eventually departed ATT for MMA Masters and the best friends-turned rivals have been itching to get their hands on each other ever since.

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