Rising UFC welterweight star Colby Covington did more than just piss off a bunch of Brazilians last weekend in Brazil, he also upset the UFC brass as well.
In his controversial post-fight remarks Covington ignited controversy when he said, “Brazil, you’re a dump!” the UFC welterweight said in D.C.’s post-fight microphone. “All you filthy animals suck. I’ve got one thing to say: Tyron Woodley, I’m coming for you. If you don’t answer the front door, I’m going to knock it in and I’m going to take what’s mine, that welterweight belt!”
Now, UFC Sr. Vice President Dave Sholler has something to say about the fighter’s conduct.
Taking to the post fight press conference, the UFC VP stated, “Overall, I thought the fan reactions throughout the course of the night were fantastic generally. 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.”
“We’ve got to go back and look at it. It’s not something we are proud of. Our investment and our support of Brazilian fans, Brazilian athletes and the Brazilian market is steadfast and will continue. I think in our opinion it’s just something that is uncalled for and inappropriate.”
Though there’s no certainty in matters like these, a code of conduct violation could result in as little as a public apology or in as much as a full-blown suspension.
Do you think Covington’s comments warrant a punishment?