While some people adored his outlandish professional wrestling heel style promo after his bloody win over Demian Maia in Sao Paulo on Saturday night, Colby Covington has come in for quite a bit of criticism for calling Brazilian MMA fans “filthy animals” amidst the tirade and he may yet face sanctions from the UFC as a result of his conduct.
If anyone was expecting a sincere or even a pandering, self-serving apology from Covington however, they obviously don’t know how committed the American Top Team fighter is to the brash, fast-talking, abrasive villain character that he has created in recent months.
On Sunday, Covington tweeted a couple of paragraphs with the title “Formal Apology” but it proved to be a ruse.
“I went to work last week. I was screamed at, spit at, assaulted with water bottle and other objects by an angry mob and serenaded by 10,000 voices yelling ‘you are going to die,'” wrote Covington. “My employer had to place security at my hotel room to protect me.”
“I would like to formally apologize to any filthy animals I offended by comparing them to my hosts in Sao Paulo.”
Covington, who was escorted from the arena by security neath a hail of garbage and apparently skipped the post-fight presser at the request of the promotion(via MMAJunkie), was ranked seventh in the UFC welterweight division before the fight but his win over Maia – previously ranked third – is likely to catapult him into the top 5 and closer to the title fight with Tyron Woodley that he covets.