UFC welterweight Colby Covington declared Dustin Poirier has a 'quitter mentality' following his world title defeat to Charles Oliveira.
The Diamond, 32, suffered heartbreak in his lightweight clash against the Brazilian over the weekend after being submitted in the third round in Las Vegas.
Poirier went into the octagon having won his last three fights – including two victories over Conor McGregor – after Khabib Nurmagomedov beat him via submission in September 2019.
But he once again suffered heartbreak in his quest to become world champion as he fought back the tears when speaking to the media following his loss to Oliveira.
Though he has shut down talk of an imminent retirement as he insisted he will decide his future over the next few days and weeks.
Following Poirier's defeat, his former American Top Team team-mate Covington lambasted his recent performance, while also stating his wins against McGregor weren't impressive.
Covington told Submission Radio: "Just the quitter mentality of Dustin. He’s always been like that.
"Doesn’t like to work hard. You know, living off beating Conor McGregor. What’s the big deal about beating Conor McGregor anymore these days?
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"I mean, he has a great legacy, did some great things in the past. The guy made a lot of money, but he doesn’t have that same drive anymore.
"So, beating a guy like that is not going to mean you’re going to be some world-beater or the best in the world. So, that’s what I saw.
"I figured he’s gonna gas out and he was going to eventually quit. And that’s what he did. Just like in the Khabib fight.
"He quits, he puts his head on the mat and he leaves his neck open so he can get rear naked choked. So, it wasn’t a surprise."
Covington, who has been beaten twice by Kamaru Usman for the UFC welterweight title, urged his American compatriot to step in weight to face him.
Chaos added: "He’s saying that he might come up to 170, he wants to come fight in a real man’s weight class. So, this is another personal fight.
"These are different types of fights. This isn’t about the rankings, this is about personal grudges and being held accountable for your actions.
"He’s talking this big game like he’s a street fighter, he’s some badass fighter. Stop cutting all that weight, Dustin.
"Come up to the real man’s weight class, welterweight, and let’s do this, man. You talk too much s***."
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