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Fabricio Werdum Claims Colby Covington Started Incident, Denies Punching Welterweight

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Following a street altercation with Colby Covington, Fabricio Werdum is denying that he punched the welterweight, as “Chaos” claims.

Footage of the incident is blazing around the internet, as a video lightweight Dan Hooker posted, shows Werdum throwing what appears to be a boomerang at Covington. The latter also posted a video, which shows him having a heated argument with the Brazilian heavyweight, and calling Werdum a homophobic slur. Covington also claims in the video that Werdum struck him during the altercation, which occurred in Sydney, Australia.

Since then, Werdum has spoken with the Brazilian outlet, PTV.  According to follow up translations from MMA Fighting, Werdum made the following claims regarding the incident.

“This guy is really cocky. I went down with my master (Rafael Cordeiro) to get a haircut and shave my beard. We were at the lobby, and I’ve never seen this guy before. When I walked past him, he looked at me and said ‘filthy Brazilians’. I looked at him and said ‘hey.’ I hit his phone and asked ‘what did you say?’ He kicked my leg, but I managed to defend it, so the guys got in the middle and nothing else happened. But he kicked me, he’s insolent. He could have hurt me.

“If I really had (punched) him in the face he would be in the hospital. For sure. There was no punch. He’s delusional. I don’t know why he insists in talking about Brazilians. I don’t get it. He wants media, wants to copy Conor McGregor. He looks ridiculous the way he does it. I couldn’t believe when he said that. I hit his phone and he took a step back and kicked me. We started to argue and he continue to scream that Brazilians were animals.”

MMA Fighting reached out to Covington, who reportedly said that there is video that validates his account of the incident. In addition, the outspoken fighter, who called Brazilian fans “filthy animals” following his win over Demian Maia last month, said he’ll be pressing charges against Werdum.

The UFC is also reportedly investing the altercation to see if its fighter conduct policies have been violated.

Werdum is scheduled to fight Marcin Tybura on Saturday in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 121, which will take place in Sydney, Australia.

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