Colby Covington sparked a lot of outrage among the Brazilian people when he referred to them as “filthy animals” at UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo.
Despite some complaints from teammates at American Top Team (ATT), coach Conan Silveira says there are no issues between the welterweight and the Brazilian fighters who train alongside him.
“He doesn’t have any problem with teammates or coaches, Brazilians, not Brazillians, Americans – he doesn’t have any problem with anyone here in the house,” Silveira told MMA Junkie.
Covington’s teammates like former ATT coach Ricardo Liborio and Antonio Silva both spoke out against the fighter after the incident.
Silveira also says that he wouldn’t find himself taking the same path Covington has in order to establish a name in the UFC.
“I wouldn’t be a fighter that would go that path, but that’s me,” Silveira said. “What people should see is that 90 percent of fighters that criticize him want to do what he’s doing, want to get what he’s getting. Colby’s not only talking, but he’s doing. As much as people don’t like to recognize that, he’s trash-talking, but he’s fighting and winning and getting there.”
The UFC did investigate Covington for what he said shortly after the event, but no results have been given publicly about that investigation.