Despite Multiple Occurrences Of Gay Slurs, Werdum Insists He’s Not Homophobic

Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum after his argument with Tony Ferguson.

The UFC recently decided to step in after heavyweight Fabricio Werdum made another gay slur towards a fighter.

It all began with Junior dos Santos. Fabricio Werdum made numerous distasteful jokes towards Junior dos Santos in the past. Then, Werdum referred to UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier as a “m**icon,” translated to “fa**ot,” for defending Jon Jones, that was just weeks ago. Now, the fighter has called UFC lightweight contender Tony Ferguson a “fa**ot.”

Ferguson and Werdum had to be separated after a confrontation took place inside an L.A. restaurant. Interviewed separately after the fact in promotion for UFC 216, Fabricio Werdum and Tony Ferguson entered another verbal altercation. This time, Werdum didn’t hold back.

Here is what Werdum had to say to Tony Ferguson:

“Shut your mouth, you f*cking f****t. Don’t talk to me like that, that’s not how it works. You can talk like that to your division but with me you can’t talk like that f****t.”

Since the situation, the UFC has come forward to address the situation. As punishment, Fabricio Werdum will now be doing community outreach within the LGBTQ community.

Now, Fabricio Werdum has come forward to give his side of the story. In an interview with MMA Junkie, Werdum said:

“It was a weird situation. Because I’d never had a problem with anyone like that. The guy was disrespectful. He told me to shut up. He told me to shut up, because he was talking. So I was like, ‘Not like that.’ So I called him a bunch of names.

“I don’t have anything against homosexual people, nothing against gay people. I think everyone is the same, and everyone has the same rights, regardless of their sexual orientation. One thing has nothing to do with the other.

“I just called him all the names that I could at that time. It was a moment of anger, of rage, or whatever you want to call it. I was very pissed with his lack of respect. I felt I had to put him in his place, because he was full of himself. He was thinking he was all that. He wants to be (UFC lightweight champion) Conor McGregor – I don’t know. The guys are tripping, trying to play this thing, with hats and glasses. Even the reporters saw that he had a heavy energy.”