UFC Chairman Dana White said that when he was asked about his reaction to the recent Colby Covington comment, his promotion would not “confused anyone”, and several UFC fighters commented on it as racist By.
At a press conference in Abu Dhabi to promote the UFC 253 card of “Battle Island” last Saturday, White was asked about Covington’s remarks after his victory over Tyron Woodley on Saturday Impact.
Covington is a candid supporter of President Trump. After winning the president, he received a call from the president. Covington and Nigeria-born middleweight champion Kamaro Usman had a fierce post-match exchange. Covington asked Usman if he had received a call using the “smoke signal”
It is not certain what Covington said was conveyed to White.
White said: “These people have their own careers, things and beliefs. We don’t speak here.” “We let everyone speak their minds. I don’t know he is talking about racism. I don’t know me. Did you hear any racism he said.”
Then White was asked if his fighters were talking about racism whether he agreed that it was wrong. “Of course, come on,” he said. “I won’t play these games with you.”
UFC Middleweight Champion Israeli Adsania sat next to White and made headlines in Saturday’s game as one of three black fighters against Covington on Wednesday’s Virtual Media Day.
Adesania said on Wednesday: “It just shows you the current state of the media, it is the current situation.” “I joked. [Yoel] Romero is like the Petronas Twin Towers. Everyone lost their way. Even though I said it was a joke, it was funny, but people accepted it when I lost my temper and liked to dig-but I was joking.
“This guy [Covington] It directly insulted my culture, my brothers and many other cultures. No one said anything, but this just showed you a mirror. Show you a mirror. um, yes. I don’t care about Kamaru Usman [when they fought in 2019], So I don’t care. “
The bantamweight Sijara Eubanks said: “Let us become reality, first and foremost. This is not’unfortunate’.” Frankly speaking, it is racism, it is racism. It’s disgusting, it’s disappointing, but at the same time, I am grateful that the UFC allows anyone to say anything. If you want to talk, if you don’t want to speak, if you want to be a political figure, if you don’t want to be a political figure, I must thank the company for letting us say what we want.
“But to be fair, I think people like Mike Perry [a UFC fighter who has used the N-word publicly] With Colby Covington, I think a lot of what they say is racist and disgusting, and should be reported as such, not “unfortunate” or “controversial.” This is racist. “
Featherweight Hakeem Dawodu (Hakeem Dawodu) said: “It is crazy that remarks like this cause more and more differences between people. [The UFC] Almost worried about my strike song, would he say something like this? too crazy. “
Covington has a history of using ethnic language in his own battles. In 2017, Covington referred to Brazil as a “junkyard” and called Brazilians “dirty animals” before fighting Demian Maia in Sao Paulo, Brazil.