Abu Dhabi-UFC Chairman Dana White stands firm, no matter how controversial or how weird their comments are, he is not going to censor his fighter.
Last weekend, Colby Covington (Colby Covington) defeated UFC Tyron Woodley (Tyron Woodley) in the main event with ESPN + 36 in the main event, has attracted the attention of the MMA world again in recent days. Covington had a lively exchange with current UFC champion Kamaru Usman after the ESPN fighting performance, and told the Nigerian-born fighter that his “tribe” was “sending a smoke signal” “.
In addition, Covington (16-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) held a post-battle press conference, where he expressed disagreements about his rival Woodley and the Black Life Issues Movement. Since then, several black UFC fighters, from Israel’s Adesanya to Leon Edwards to Sijara Eubanks and Hakim Davaodu (Hakeem Dawodu), both condemned “chaos”
White does not seem to be keen on taking any post-match actions against Covington, and reiterated at the UFC 253 pre-match press conference on Thursday that he does not approve of using filters on athletes.
White told reporters, “This is the tenth time you have asked me this question.” “These people have their own careers, things-have their own beliefs. We don’t speak here. We let everyone say their own Thoughts. I don’t know what he said was racism. I don’t know if I heard any racism he said. I don’t know.”
According to sources who wished to remain anonymous, White’s specific comments on Covington in his dealings with Usman were not adequately educated. Especially the back and forth echo, which has been emphasized by many as his most racist comment, but it happened on the ESPN+ post-battle broadcast, not in front of White.
However, when asked directly whether the UFC is against racism, White stated that the promotion is indeed against racism.
“Yes, of course.” White said. “Come on. I won’t play these games with you. Come on. If you are a racist? Yes. Of course (we don’t want it).”