UFC welterweight Colby Covington caused quite a stir the last time he was in Brazil. Now the fighter is set to return to the country to compete for an interim title.
Colby Covington first drew controversy back at UFC Sao Paulo in 2017. The fighter earned a tough decision victory over Brazilian native Demian Maia, before shocking the arena with his post-fight speech.
After the fight, Covington called Brazil a “dump” and the arena crowd “filthy animals.” The fighter has since drawn the ire of many fight fans and fighters alike.
Now Covington is set to face off against former UFC lightweight champion and Brazilian native Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC interim welterweight title in the co-main event of UFC 224. The highly anticipated live pay-per-view event will take place May 12 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto recently reported Covington as claiming that he has received death threats from Brazilian fans leading up to his upcoming title fight.
“People want me dead there. UFC had to buy two plane tickets to Brazil. One for me. And one for my big nuts.”