Jon Jones has come out in support of fellow former UFC titlist Fabricio Werdum in the aftermath of the Brazilian heavyweight’s boomerang attack on motor-mouthed welterweight contender Colby Covington in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday.
At some point during the bizarre altercation, Werdum flung a boomerang that a fan had just given him at Covington. That is a fact, as a video posted to social media by UFC lightweight Dan ‘The Hangman’ Hooker testifies.
What happened just before and immediately after that is unclear, as Werdum and Covington’s stories don’t exactly align.
Werdum claims that the incident arose after Covington uttered the words “Brazilian animals” when the pair passed each other. That seems entirely plausible, as Covington called fans in Sao Paulo “filthy animals” after his bloody decision win over Demian Maia late last month and has continued to needle Brazil’s MMA community ever since. Werdum says that he responded by merely knocking Covington’s phone to the ground and that the American fired a leg-kick at him before the boomerang took flight. Covington claims that Werdum punched him at some point – an accusation that Werdum has denied.
Covington subsequently posted another video that he shot as the fighters went their separate ways. In that footage, he showers a chuckling Werdum with expletives, calls him a “f****t”, and once again refers to Brazilians as “filthy animals.”
On Thursday, Jones commented on the incident, commending Werdum for his response to what ‘Bones’ branded “racism.”
I despise racism , good job today @FabricioWerdum dude had the audacity to call you a "faggot" as he's backing up on Facebook live. 🇧🇷
— BONY (@JonnyBones) November 16, 2017
Perhaps Jones is commenting on this incident from an unbiased vantage point, but we’d imagine that Covington’s recent slights against him influenced the former UFC light-heavyweight champion’s decision to speak out somewhat.
Over the last few weeks, Covington has targeted Jones, his one-time college roommate, on a couple of occasions – first labelling Jones “the biggest loser in the history of sport” via Twitter and then a “piece of shit dirtbag” during a serious tirade on a recent episode of Submission Radio.
Covington, who is in Australia on media duty ahead of this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 121 but is not fighting at the event, told MMAFighting that he is considering pressing charges against Werdum.
The Brazilian faces Poland’s Marcin Tybura on the Sydney card.