Colby Covington tends to use everything he says to kick the Hornet’s lair, and this rule was no exception after he won the UFC Vegas 11 game last time.
After defeating long-time opponent Tyron Woodley in the main event, Covington had a fierce battle of words with UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in the post-battle show .
After Covington had accepted a call from President Donald Trump before beginning contact with Usman, he exchanged back and forth. At that time, Covington was targeting Usman by citing his hometown of Nigeria.
“Who are you calling? Did you receive a call from your little tribe? Did they provide you with some smoke signals?”
When Covington called Woodley a “terrorist” and claimed that “he hates America,” he expressed his gratitude to Woodley and his support for the “Dark House” movement.
Although these comments received responses from several fighters on the UFC roster, UFC Chairman Dana White still abides by his previous policy, which means he will not prevent his athletes from expressing opinions, even if it irritates and Offended some people.
White expressed his opinion on Covington’s comments at the UFC 253 press conference in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
He said: “These people have their own careers, things, their own beliefs.” “We don’t speak here. We let everyone speak their own ideas.
“I don’t know what he said was racism. I don’t know if he said any racist remarks.”
When asked if he would condemn any fighter’s racist remarks, White laughed at the question and answered “of course”.
Nevertheless, there are still many athletes who offended what Covington said, including middleweight contender Leon Edwards, who was disappointed by the lack of response from UFC or ESPN after the festival aired last Saturday night.
Edwards told MMA Fighting on Wednesday: “That’s what I mean.” “UFC has not disclosed anything about this. ESPN did not comment on this. Letting it flow is like saying and doing. Normal things, this is not the case. Your tribe and smoke signals, etc., etc., he called Woodley a terrorist because of “black life.” All these statements he made were racist. Nothing. Other methods can solve it.
“If it is the opposite, if black athletes say to white athletes in this regard, people will report immediately. I am very surprised that no one is on stage and nothing is said. UFC did not comment on this. ESPN allowed it to proceed. “