Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum recently came under fire when he made homophobic comments towards former opponent and heavyweight champ, Junior dos Santos.
Werdum explained why he made the comments at his fellow Brazilian and how they were taken out-of-context. He also made it very clear that he isn’t discriminatory towards gay people.
“I gave the (interim title) idea because ‘Cigano’ was saying a lot, and I couldn’t understand why he targeted me,’ Werdum explained to MMA Junkie. “Usually the target is the champion. That’s always the goal. So I didn’t understand why he was talking about me before the fight even happened. That’s why I joked – everyone knows that ‘Cigano’ is not gay, obviously, and I don’t have anything against gay people. But I joked that he needed to come out of the closet because he didn’t stop talking about me. If I were the champ, I’d understand it, but since I wasn’t, I couldn’t. So I challenged him. I told him that if Miocic didn’t fight because of his contract issues, I suggested an interim title fight with ‘Cigano.’”
dos Santos and Werdum fought at UFC 90 in Oct. 2008 with “Cigano” knocking out “Vai Cavalo” in just 81 seconds in his UFC debut.