The biggest decision of his career against former friend George Masvidal (49-46, 50-44, 50-45) in the UFC 272 event on Saturday night has been unquestionably discussed.

"It wasn't my best performance," Covington told the Post Fight news conference. "It's just a lot of emotion. It was a real friend of mine at one point in my career. ... I let my emotions get the best of me. But it was still influential. I showed the world how good I was."

This fight was not really about rankings or titles. It was about a score settlement. But Covington and Masvidal are also elite athletes. Both are multi-time UFC welterweight title challengers. ESPN Welterweight ranked Covington 4th and Masvidal 10th in the world.

"I was tired," Masvidal said. "He was tired and hurt. That's where I had my chance. ... I didn't take that opening." In the fifth, Covington got an early takedown and Masvidal could not return to the rest.

"Losing to such a punk is bad, you know?" Dr. Masavidal. "If I fight another wrestler, I have to make sure I can deal with this thing. ... I have to fix wrestling, man."

"Losing to such a punk is bad, you know?" Dr. Masavidal. "If I fight another wrestler, I have to make sure I can deal with this thing. ... I have to fix wrestling, man."