Leading up to Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo, UFC’s newest protagonist, Colby Covington 13-1 MMA (8-1 UFC) let his feelings for the country be known. Whether speaking his mind or trying to get into the head of his opponent Demian Maia 25-8 MMA (19-8 UFC) he angered a lot of people along the way.
Covington won the co-main event bout via unanimous decision. Maia came out strong in the 1st and managed to cut Covington with some improved striking. Covington started to dominate as Maia tired quickly in the 2nd. Because of this he was able to stuff all 12 of Maia’s takedown attempts.
After the fight during the post fight interview Covington continued the onslaught saying:
“I shoulda knocked him out. Brazil, you’re a dump. All you filthy animals suck.”
Finally he put his hand on the chest of the interpreter as if to hold him back and said “We ain’t translating tonight; we ain’t translating tonight, baby!” The Brazilian fans threw trash and yelled insults as he was escorted out. Extra security was required at the fighter’s hotel. UFC was quick to release a statement from executive David Shaw saying:
“We are taking the situation with Colby Covington very seriously. It’s going to be reviewed by our code of conduct committee and it’s something we are not very happy about.”
Covington released this apology earlier today:
I went to work last week. I was screamed at, spit at, assaulted with water bottles and other objects by an angry mob and serenaded by 10000 voices yelling “you are going to die.” My employer had to place security at my hotel room to protect me.
I would like to formally apologize to any filthy animal I offended by comparing them to my hosts in São Paulo.