I’m the most hated man in Brazil right now!

Colby Covington made a heated remark after his decision victory over Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night from Sao Paulo, Brazil. During his post-fight interview, the fighter stated that Brazil was a “dump” and its people were “filthy animals.” Since making the statement, Covington has received some serious heat from the mixed martial arts community. Most recently, former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum had an altercation with the fighter.

Speaking on the Fight Society podcast, as transcribed by MMA Weekly, Covington gave his thoughts on the backlash since his statement.

“I’m the most hated man in Brazil right now. No big deal.” Colby Covington said when asked about his current situation. “A lot of people love me around the world so it’s OK to be hated in Brazil. I’m probably not going back.”

“When I go back [to American Top Team], there will be people who will like me and people who will not like me. I’m not too worried,” Covington said. “I’m not in this to make friends. If people don’t want to be cool with me and they don’t understand what I’m doing, that’s their fault, not mine. All I set out to do was be the best fighter in the world. You’ve got a problem with that, you’re jealous of that, that’s your fault.

“You stick to your own business and I’ll stick to my own business but we can be professionals about this.”