Executive: UFC’s “Not Very Happy” About Colby Covington’s Post-Fight Comments, Fighter Defends Actions
By FCF Staff
Following Colby Convington’s controversial, post-fight comments at UFC Fight Night, an executive with the promotion’s reporting the situation is being reviewed.
After Covington worked his way to a clear cut, decision win over Demian Maia on Saturday, he called the host city of Sao Paulo a “dump”, and the residents “filthy animals”. UFC senior vice president David Shaw was asked to comment on Covington’s post-fight interview, and he had this to say (quote via MMA Fighting):
“Overall, I thought the fan reactions throughout the course of the night were fantastic generally,” Shaw said. “Brazilian fans are obviously very intelligent, very knowledgeable about the sport, very scrutinizing, and generally it was loud and energetic and boisterous the whole time.
“In terms of the fan reactions with Covington fighting, there’s no way for us to support any fans throwing items at any staff or any fighters. However, having said that, we are taking the situation with Covington very seriously. It’s already being reviewed by our code of conduct committee and it’s something that we are not very happy about.”
Covington, meanwhile, is defending his comments:
On the walk out I get called every name in the book then they chant "You Gonna Die" I poke back at them a bit and everyone loses their mind?
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) October 29, 2017