It wasn’t long ago that we saw Fabricio Werdum and Tony Ferguson having some words before UFC 216. After the incident, reports surfaced that the verbiage used by Werdum was apparently homophobic in nature. However, Werdum denied these allegations, stating that the word maricon is a commonly used slang term in Portegues, but the American translation distorts the meaning of the word into something different.
Nonetheless, here we are again dissecting another altercation captured on video, this time by fellow UFC fighter Dan Hooker. Again involving Werdum, but this time the plus one would feature welterweight Colby Covington. Colby made headlines at the end of October when he defeated former title contender Demian Maia in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Then during his post-fight interview proceeded to brazenly degrade the fight fans and the people of Brazil.
Apparently, the two ran into each other in the lobby of their hotel in Sydney, Australia. The site for UFC Fight Night 121, where Werdum will be taking on Marcin Tybura. Perhaps being in Sydney is why Fabricio had the boomerang on hand.
— Dan Hangman Hooker (@danthehangman) November 16, 2017
“This guy is really cocky,” Werdum said (translated by MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz). “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.”
In response, Covington told MMA Fighting that the video backs up his account of things and that he’ll be “pressing charges” against Werdum. —
Always a bit of drama in the world of MMA.