One of the founders of American Top Team, Ricardo Liborio, has spoken out against the controversial comments Colby Covington made, following UFC Fight Night 119.
As you’ve almost certainly heard by now, after Covington defeated Demian Maia by decision, he called the card’s host city of Sao Paulo a “dump”, and referred to Brazilian fans as “filthy animals”. Since then, Covington hasn’t walked back what he said, at all.
Now, MMA Fighting has posted a statement from Liborio, in which he criticized Covington for the comments. Covington trains out of American Top Team. The story also notes, however, that Liborio’s departure from ATT, is not related to the welterweight’s actions.
I feel that I must make a statement in light of the comments made by Colby Convigton along with the amount of messages sent to me from Brazil, the United States, and from all over the world.
I’m here to state that I am no longer with American Top Team. Also, I absolutely do not condone any behavior that instigates hate, prejudice, or bullying of any kind. It upsets me to see the sport taking this direction of blatant disrespect. It’s unsportsmanlike, but it also fosters and promotes a culture of cruelty towards others. Combat sports should always represent the qualities of humility, empathy, and respect.
I dedicated my life to the martial arts, and to the formation and growth of this team and I want the members of ATT to know that they will always be in my heart.