Colby Covington, Fabricio Werdum Involved in Ugly Confrontation in Sydney

Ross Houston
November 17, 2017

UFC Heavyweight Fabricio Werdum has a long history of altercations with fighters in lower weight classes, and has been caught on video throwing a boomerang at Colby Covington in his most recent incident.

The incident was captured by New Zealand UFC lightweight Dan Hooker, who posted a video online in which a man who appears to be Werdum slings a boomerang at Covington, a rising middleweight fighter, from just metres away.

Werdum is the headlining star of this weekend's UFC Fight Night 121 event in Sydney and Covington is also in town as a guest of the UFC, and that led to the two bumping into each other outside their hotel, where things quickly became heated. "All you filthy animals suck", Covington said after his win over Damien Maia in Brazil two weeks ago.

Werdum claims he initially tried to punch Covington because the welterweight fighter kicked him and called him a "Brazilian animal".

"UFC was made aware of the altercation between Fabricio Werdum and Colby Covington at the organisation's host hotel in Sydney, Australia", the statement said.

"I didn't punch his face, because he had a lot of guys in the middle", Werdum said to MMA Junkie.

"F*** Brazil "f*** Fabricio Werdum, little b******". Bunch of filthy animals.

He is in Sydney for a UFC fight on Sunday where he is scheduled to take on Poland's Marcin Tybura at Qudos Bank Arena.

" We were in the lobby, and I've never seen this guy before", Werdum told FloCombat. I slapped his phone and he stepped back and kicked me. He looks ridiculous the way he does it. "If he had punched Colby in the face, he'd be knocked out or in a hospital". I didn't believe when he said it. We started to argue and he continue to scream that Brazilians were animals.

On Thursday, the 29-year-old Covington went as far as pressing common assault charges against Werdum with the New South Wales Police Force.

Police said Covington did not require medical treatment after the attack.

But with this incident now involving an actual arrest following his highly-publicized UFC 216 media lunch standoff with Tony Ferguson where he threw several homophobic slurs of his own (for which he has yet to be punished), Werdum certainly isn't doing himself - or the UFC - any favors.

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