Jorge Masvidal is not fully ready to accept his defeat just yet.
Masvidal was outpointed and dominated by Colby Covington over five rounds in their UFC 272 welterweight grudge match this past weekend.
“Gamebred” did have some moments, the most notable of which was a near-knockdown of Covington in the fourth round.
However, he was too fatigued at that point to capitalize with Covington eventually taking him down and controlling him like much of the 25-minute contest.
Could things have gone differently had referee Herb Dean detected an eye poke from Covington on Masvidal early in the first round? We’ll never know.
But Masvidal certainly isn’t forgetting that part of the fight as he took to Twitter to reveal the damage he took as a result of that eye poke. He also sent a message to Covington in the process.
“Almost took eyes out but all good u cheating fuck see u soon”
Almost took eyes out but all good u cheating fuck see u soon pic.twitter.com/qeRpxQjwoU
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) March 10, 2022
Jorge Masvidal Not A Fan Of Herb Dean
Dean notably acknowledged the eye poke after the first round upon looking back it on instant replay before warning Covington about doing it again.
But as far as Masvidal is concerned, Dean should have taken action right away as moments after the eye poke, Covington ended up landing the first of many takedowns.
“I’ve had a couple of mishaps [with] Herb Dean, I just don’t get why he didn’t fix the action,” Masvidal said at the UFC 272 post-fight press conference. “[He] threw a punch, missed, and immediately jabbed me in the f****** eyeball.”
For now, all Masvidal can do is go back the drawing board, get a couple wins and eventually hope to get a rematch with his bitter rival in Covington.