On the night that Colby Covington called Brazilian MMA fans “filthy animals” shortly after bloodying and beating hometown hero Demian Maia over three rounds in Sao Paulo, the fighter claims a security detail was sent to stand guard outside his hotel room.
Undaunted, Covington, who is really embracing the heel role that he recently created for himself, continues to make such comments. Competing, as he does, in a sport populated so heavily by proud Brazilians, he’s playing a rather dangerous game. Perhaps, he should think about employing that security crew full time.
On Wednesday, in Sydney, Australia, the American Top Team representative, who isn’t fighting at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 121 in the state capital of New South Wales but is on media duty down under ahead of the event, had a run in with former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum. It’s unclear exactly what happened, as the two fighters are telling contradictory stories, but what we do know – thanks to some footage from UFC lightweight Dan ‘The Hangman’ Hooker – is that Werdum threw a boomerang at Covington.
— Dan Hangman Hooker (@danthehangman) November 16, 2017
Covington himself later posted another video, in which he can be heard yelling expletives at Werdum and, following an unfortunate recent pattern in the sport, slinging a homophobic slur at the Brazilian. The 29-year-old also claims in the video that Werdum had punched him in the face.
Werdum subsequently claimed that Covington had provoked him with yet another inflammatory anti-Brazilian comment, but denied throwing a punch.
“This guy is really cocky,” Werdum told UOL (translation via MMAFighting). “I went down with my master (Rafael Cordeiro) to get a haircut and shave my beard. We were at the lobby, and I’ve never seen this guy before. When I walked past him, he looked at me and said ‘filthy Brazilians’. I looked at him and said ‘hey.’ I hit his phone and asked ‘what did you say?’ He kicked my leg, but I managed to defend it, so the guys got in the middle and nothing else happened. But he kicked me, he’s insolent. He could have hurt me.
“If I really had (punched) him in the face he would be in the hospital. For sure. There was no punch. He’s delusional. I don’t know why he insists in talking about Brazilians. I don’t get it. He wants media, wants to copy Conor McGregor. He looks ridiculous the way he does it. I couldn’t believe when he said that. I hit his phone and he took a step back and kicked me. We started to argue and he continue to scream that Brazilians were animals.”
Werdum later revealed that the Boomerang was given to him by a fan and joked that he expected it to come back to him after he threw it at Covington(via Submission Radio).
Covington later told MMAFighting that he is considering pressing charges against ‘Vai Cavalo’.
In recent times, both Werdum and Covington have shown themselves just as keen to get into it with fighters in other divisions as with those in or around their respective weights. While Covington has recently fired several shots at light-heavyweight and former college roommate Jon Jones, Werdum had an altercation with lightweight Tony Ferguson ahead of UFC 216. The Brazilian, who faces surging Pole Marcin Tybura at UFN 121, has also exchanged barbs with Conor McGregor in the past and has a long-running beef with former UFC middleweight champ Luke Rockhold.