Of course, the official scorecards said otherwise. ‘Gamebred’ would suffer a dominating unanimous decision defeat to his rival Covington after going the distance. The #1 welterweight contender would pour it on Masvidal through 5 rounds. Covington would outland Masvidal in strikes 94-67 and outwrestled him as well with 6 takedowns, according to UFC stats.
“He Didn’t Beat You”
Despite how it played out, manager Ibrahim Kawa would reassure his client Masvidal that he hadn’t really lost the fight. He’d try to comfort the disappointed ‘BMF’ in the locker room, following the main event. The behind the scenes moment would be caught by the UFC for their exclusive series, ‘Thrill & The Agony’.
“He outwrestled you bro, he didn’t beat you,” Kawa told Masvidal post-fight. “He outwrestled you, man.”
“You got fight-of-the-night,” Kawa added. “I’m just saying. I’m telling you, you came to fight, he came to f*cking wrestle. There’s a big difference, dude. He tried to sit on you as long as he could and that’s what happened.”
Well, it is MMA and wrestling obviously is a part of it. But, then again everybody is entitled to their opinion. In the aftermath, Kawa ultimately wanted to make his client Masvidal feel better about himself and his overall performance.
“You got his ass with a nice little shot there,” Kawa said immediately after the fight. “It’s alright. He did nothing but wrestle. He couldn’t do nothing to you. He outwrestled you.”
Kawa wasn’t the only person in the Cuban’s corner, after the loss. Masvidal would embrace his father post-fight as well. The two had a wholesome moment, even after a devastating result.
“Very good buddy,” Masvidal Sr. told his son in Spanish. “You did good… I love you.”
While Masvidal didn’t get the win at UFC 272, it was good to see him get support from his team and family.