Werdum Tells His Side: ‘Covington called me a Brazilian animal, then leg kicked me … So I reacted!’

By now you’re very well aware of what happened in Australia between Fabricio Werdum and Colby Covington. (If not, hit play above and get caught up.)

Now that the UFC has come out an said they will investigate the situation, former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has jumped ahead of the situation and offered up an explanation.

Werdum says he was not the instigator of the confrontation, stating he didn’t even know who Covington was. The former champion explained that Covington walked passed him and called him a Brazilian animal, then leg kicked him. That’s what started the melee.

In a statement given to FloCombat Fabricio Werdum explained his side.

“This guy is really audacious. I went down with my master [Rafael Cordeiro]: ‘Master, let’s get a hair cut and shave the beard.’ We were in the lobby, and I’ve never seen this guy before. When I walked he looked at me and said: ‘Brazilian animals.’ And I was like: ‘Hey.’ I slapped his phone and asked, ‘What did you say?’ Then, he kicked my leg, but I managed to defend. Then the guys got in the middle and had nothing left. But he kicked me, he is audacious. I could have hurt myself.

“I don’t know why he insists on this mistake of speaking of the Brazilians… I didn’t understand. […] He wants media, wants to imitate Conor McGregor. He looks like ridiculous the way he does. I didn’t believe when he said it. I didn’t believe it. I slapped his phone and he stepped back and kicked me. Then we were arguing, and he kept shouting that Brazilians were animals.

“If I had hit him in the face, he would be in the hospital. Certainly. There was no punch, he’s crazy.”