Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum was involved in another confrontation with a lower weight fighter today. This time, things got very physical…
After defeating dangerous grappler Demian Maia this past October 28, Colby Covington went completely bonkers. While standing in front of a Brazilian crowd in Sao Paolo, Covington went on a verbal tirade.
Later revealing it was in response to being assaulted by the home fans, Covington’s comments were highly controversial nonetheless. The welterweight wrestler blasted the Brazilian crowds as ‘filthy animals.’
The response from the crowd was a near-riot, as they threw bottles and food at Covington as he was escorted out by security. Following the wild post-fight interview, Covington’s own teammates began turning on him.
Bigfoot Silva, a training partner from American Top Team where Covington trained, ripped the welterweight. Covington had certainly arrived, but it wasn’t his win over Demian Maia that was the main talking point.
Backlash From Fabricio Werdum
Among the Brazilian fighters unhappy with “Chaos” and his comments is ex-heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum. ‘Vai Cavalo’ was recently involved in a confrontation with Tony Ferguson too.
Now, as they ran into each other before UFC Sydney in Australia, Werdum has made things physical. As you’ll see in the video below, Werdum actually hits Covington in the face with a BOOMERANG!
Now we’ve seen it all!
In case you were wondering, a wooden boomerang could cause serious damage, especially when launched by a 265-pound MMA fighter. Werdum’s conduct is certainly controversial, regardless of the reasons why he did it.
Speaking with Flocombat.com, ‘Vai Cavalo’ explains his actions during the clash with Covington:
Werdum Says Covington Deserved It
“This guy is really audacious,” Werdum told FloCombat. “I went down with my master [Rafael Cordeiro]: ‘Master, let’s get a hair cut and shave the beard.’ We were in the lobby, and I’ve never seen this guy before. When I walked he looked at me and said: ‘Brazilian animals.’ And I was like: ‘Hey.’ I slapped his phone and asked, ‘What did you say?’ Then, he kicked my leg, but I managed to defend. Then the guys got in the middle and had nothing left. But he kicked me, he is audacious. I could have hurt myself.
“I don’t know why he insists on this mistake of speaking of the Brazilians… I didn’t understand. […] He wants media, wants to imitate Conor McGregor. He looks like ridiculous the way he does. I didn’t believe when he said it. I didn’t believe it. I slapped his phone and he stepped back and kicked me. Then we were arguing, and he kept shouting that Brazilians were animals.
“If I had hit him in the face, he would be in the hospital. Certainly. There was no punch, he’s crazy.”