Welterweight fighter Colby Covington got under the skin of the Brazilian people when he called them “filthy animals” at UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo.
Dana White is the UFC President and he says the Brazilian people are tough enough to handle what the fighter said to them.
"I mean, listen, at the end of the day this is the fight business and people say a lot of mean things,” White said to the media after UFC 217. "I think the Brazilian people are tough enough to handle a guy saying some stuff to them at the end of the day. This has happened before. I don’t remember where we were but Al Iaquinta told all the fans to go f*ck themselves and a lot of other things that weren’t very nice.”
Covington has not only insulted the Brazilian people, but his own teammates at American Top Team in Amanda Nunes and Antonio Silva.
White wants to also reiterate the fact that the promotion isn’t too happy with what their fighter did say.
"Obviously, we don’t like it and we frown upon it and we talk to these guys about stuff like that, but fights get very emotional, you know? It happens. I don’t think the Brazilian people should take it personal,” says White.
The UFC Code Of Conducts Committee is still looking into Covington’s comments, but no statement has been issued by them at this time.