JORGE MASVIDAL blasted 'cheating f***' Colby Covington for nearly taking EYE out during their grudge match.
Masvidal conceded bragging rights to his former friend-turned arch rival at UFC 272.
But he accused Covington – who won over five rounds – of trying to blind him following an eye poke.
Masvidal posted on Twitter: "Almost took eyes out but all good u cheating f*** see u soon."
It was in the opening round of the fight the American complained of an eye poke.
And after the crushing loss, Masvidal claimed it was only the illegal blow that left him in pain post-fight and critical of referee Herb Dean.
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He said: “The eye poke was pretty bad. The only thing that’s hurting right now is the f***ing eye. My eye is still throbbing right now.
“I’ve had a couple of mishaps [with] Herb Dean, I just don’t get why he didn’t fix the action.
"Threw a punch, missed, and immediately jabbed me in the f***ing eyeball."
Masvidal, 37, called for a rematch against Covington, 34, but insisted he will earn it the hard way.
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He said: "Definitely; I'm going to go and earn it though by knocking other people out.
"Eventually I'll get in front of him, in front of [Kamaru] Usman. Right now, I'm far removed from that, probably two-three fights away from that.
"But I love the work, I love to fight. So as long as I can still hold my own in the gym, I'll be back in there."
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