While Fabricio Werdum is currently celebrating in Sydney, Australia after cruising to a decision over No. 8 ranked heavyweight contender Marcin Tybura, the Brazilian will be forced to return to the Australian city to face charges for common assault.
Werdum, the former UFC heavyweight champion, got into an altercation with controversial welterweight contender Colby Covington last Wednesday outside a hotel in Sydney.
‘Vai Cavalo’ threw a boomerang at Covington and the American has decided to press charges.
Werdum, 40, claims that Covington dissed Brazil and kicked him outside the hotel, and can’t believe the NCAA Division I wrestler is pressing charges. Werdum called Covington a ‘b-tch’ for contacting the police over what he feels is a minor incident.
“This situation, I don’t believe,” Werdum said Saturday at UFC Sydney’s post-fight press conference, per MMA Fighting. “Colby comes to Australia, and I’ve never seen him before. I’m just in my room with my coaches, ‘Hey, coach, let’s go cut my hair.’
“When I go out, [Covington] looked at me and he said, ‘Brazilian animals.’ I said I don’t believe this, and I just slapped his phone. I just touched his phone; that’s it, man. And he kicked me. He kicked me, but I’m ready for the (UFC Sydney) fight, I blocked his kick. And after that, the guys stand in the middle. And two minutes [before], I had one fan give me the boomerang.... [Covington] says a lot of things about my mom, my country. I just threw it. If I had maybe a burger or cake in my hands, I’d throw that for sure, but I had a boomerang.
“But nothing, man; it just (hit him) in the shoulder. This is nothing, man. How is a fighter going to the cops? The guy goes to the police for that? This is crazy. He’s like a — I don’t want to say the word, but he’s like a b*tch.”
Covington, 29, has been making headlines as of late for his repeated anti-Brazilian slurs. It all started when the American Top Team fighter called the Sao Paulo crowd ‘filthy animals’ after he beat hometown hero Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 119 last month. Covington also called former UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva a ‘filthy animal’ after the Brazilian failed an out-of-competition drug test last week.
For his part, Werdum isn’t worried about the court proceedings and is treating his second trip to Sydney as a vacation for his family.
“When I come to Australia again, I’ll bring my family, for sure,” he said. “I’ll stay here one week, for sure. I’ll just explain everything for the judge and that’s it, man, because I know I have a reason, I know I’m in the right.”
Werdum is on a two-fight win streak and called for a title shot after his win over Tybura on Saturday.