The incident wherein Fabricio Werdum threw a boomerang at Colby Covington made worldwide headlines.
Last Wednesday saw a confrontation between the two take place in Sydney, with Brazilian heavyweight Werdum attacking Covington after comments made by him in Brazil, though Werdum claims that he didn’t know of Covington’s prior comments, and said the incident arose when Covington said ‘Brazilian animals’ as he walked past.
Following his win over Demian Maia last month, the 29-year-old labelled the fans present ‘filthy animals’ for the abuse hurled his way.
Werdum approached him on a Sydney street, leading to chaotic scenes.
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The American reported the incident to the police, garnering much criticism for doing so in contrast to his ‘bad boy’ image.
In speaking to Ariel Helwani of the MMA Hour, Covington gave his side of the story and why he felt the need to involve the Australian authorities.
“He was screaming these anti-gay slurs, shouting ‘I’m going to kill you’,” said Colby, who used a homophobic term of his own in the above video.
“He threw it and luckily I mostly dodged it because I have impeccable reflexes. They use boomerangs in Australia to hunt kangaroos, people are saying it isn’t a weapon – it is a weapon.”
Colby then took aim at those people giving him grief, and invoked Godwin’s Law in the process.
“All these people in the world saying ‘Oh, he’s a snitch, he went to the cops’. Yeah, you know you’re condoning violence because of free speech. You know what that’s called, Ariel? That’s called fascism. You know who else believed in fascism? Adolf Hitler and the Nazis.”
He then stated that Werdum sucker punched him while sitting down prior to the video footage.
“After that my head was messed up, I regret anything I said because I was a little concussed. He hit me in the face. I have no ill will towards the LGBT community. No disrespect to them, I believe marriage as a whole is a mistake, but that’s a whole other story.”
Werdum will reportedly have to attend a local court on December 13 in relation to the fracas.
The entire interview can be seen at around 70 minutes in via MMAFighting on YouTube.