The UFC community has come out against Colby Covington over comments he made last weekend to fighters Kamaru Usman and Tyrone Woodley.
After defeating Woodley at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Saturday, Covington came out after his opponent, calling him a “Marxist” and a “communist” who “hates America,” according to MMA Fighting.
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He also described the Black Matter movement as a “joke”, adding that he believed he was “advocating for lifelong criminals”
But the real problem for Covington began when he turned his attention to Usman, a local Nigerian, during a post-match interview.
“Who did you call from?” Did your little tribe call you crazy? Did they give you any smoke signals for you? “Covington mocked, according to MMA Fighting. “You’re a joke, Marty Fakenewsman!”
Several prominent black fighters jumped in to defend Usman and called on the UFC to process Covington’s remarks.
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“That’s what I understood – the UFC didn’t say anything about it,” welterweight contender Leon Edwards said on the website on Wednesday.
“Leaving it to flow, it’s as if it’s normal to say and do something, but it’s not,” he continued. “Your tribe and smoke signals and blah, blah, blah, and he calls Woody a terrorist because of Black Lives Matter.” All these statements he makes are racist. There is no other way around it. “
Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya also came out against Covington, adding that the deeper problems lie in the “media landscape”.
“I made a joke about dropping out [Yoel] “Romero likes the Twin Towers and everyone has lost their minds, even if I said it was a joke and it was pretty funny, but people accepted it while I was insulting and digging – but I was joking,” he told the website.
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“This man has directly insulted my culture, my brother and many other cultures and other things, and no one is saying anything. But it just shows you a mirror. He shows you a mirror of you. So yeah, I don’t really care. Kamaru Usman broke his jaw. “
Covington defenders say the fighter is playing a character, an agitator aimed at raising the rating, but light heavyweight Hakeem Dawodu said he was still shocked by it.
“I am surprised that he is allowed to speak like that for free. You know, everyone is allowed to speak freely, but I was offended. It’s crazy that such comments are causing more and more division between people, “he told MMA Fighting. “The president is calling to support him. I really don’t appreciate it and I guess so. “
Covington, a public supporter of Donald Trump, was called by the president during the same post-match interview where he followed Usman.
“I’m proud of you, man,” Trump said. “I’m a big fan and I’m proud of you. You are tough, you have the right spirit. “
Covington also angered the NBA community by calling LeBron James a “coward without a spine.” He came out on Monday to defend himself, saying the Los Angeles Lakers star “can’t last 10 seconds with me.”
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UFC President Dana White added Thursday: “All these guys have their own causes, things, their own beliefs. We’re not setting anyone up here. We’re letting everyone talk their minds. I don’t know what he said he was a racist. I don’t know if I’m heard something racist he said. “