- Covington and Masvidal used to be roommates and close training partners at the famed American Top Team facility in Florida. Their friendship began crumbling in 2019, which led to Covington leaving ATT in May.
- In late December, Covington claimed that the UFC turned down the fight offer because Masvidal doesn't like the "style matchup." White, however, denied Covington's statement and said the company also wants the fight to happen.
- The bout has yet to be finalized, but Covington already opened as a slight favorite in the betting odds. As of Jan. 5, he is a -185 favorite over Masvidal, a +150 underdog.