Colby Covington has proven to be quite a controversial character since making his debut in the UFC in August 2014.
His attitude and general behaviour, along with good performances in the octagon has gotten himself on the map. He is now one of the most hated fighters on the roster, by the fans and fighters it seems.
Yesterday his antics continued when himself and heavyweight Fabricio Werdum had an altercation in Sydney.
Footage emerged online of Werdum striking the American with a boomerang. Covington proceeded to go live on Facebook after the incident, swearing and using homophobic slurs against the Brazilian. The 29-year-old also stated that Werdum had punched him in the face.
Many thought that would be the end of the whole thing, but news broke that Covington is pressing charges against the former UFC heavyweight champion for assault. Werdum will have to appear at Downing Centre Local Court on December 13, according to the police.
The drama didn’t stop there as UFC decided to send Colby Covington home after the incident yesterday to try and calm the tensions.
He was originally a guest fighter at the event. The UFC are due to investigate the incident further. Werdum will still headline this Saturday’s card in Sydney, against Marcin Tybura.
In light of yesterday’s incident with Fabricio Werdum in Sydney, UFC Sydney guest fighter Colby Covington is being sent home early, I’m told. He’ll be leaving Sydney later today.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 17, 2017
Fighters across the UFC decide to take to Twitter to share their opinion on Covington and the incident.
Colby “call the police” Covington ?. OMG Werdum was wrong, but we can’t have a guy who gets punched in the face for a living & trash talks an entire country press charges. Damn B Rad! ???
— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) November 16, 2017
COLBY STRAIGHT UP LYING! SAYING HE GOT PUNCHED!!! WHEN CLEARLY HE DIDNT!!! THATS LIE #1, WHAT OTHER LIES DID HE SAY!
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) November 16, 2017
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) November 16, 2017
Cian Keating, Pundit Arena