Colby Covington has found himself on the receiving end of fan outrage after his recent trip to Brazil for a match against local fighter Demian Maia in Sao Paulo. Restating his unfavorable opinion of the country and its residents, Covington called Brazil a "dump" and its residents "filthy animals". It turns out that calling spectators animals on their own turf is a mistake, as the crowd was quickly riled up and throwing trash at the controversial fighter. Take a look at the video below for a glimpse of the mayhem.
While Senior Vice President David Shaw was disappointed in the fans' violent reactions, he stated that the UFC would be taking the comments very seriously. Colby Covington has already been referred to the Code of Conduct Committee and it's "something [they're] not very happy about."
While there's currently no word on what sort of punishment Covington will receive, the misconduct is certainly being taken seriously. Previous fighter interactions with the Brazilian community have generally been positive, and Shaw stated that this whole situation was "relatively new territory".
Shaw finished his statement by emphasizing the UFC's commitment and support for Brazilian fans, and condemning Covington's statement, saying "Our investment and our support of Brazilian fans, Brazilian athletes and the Brazilian market is steadfast and will continue. And I think in our opinion it's just something that is uncalled for and inappropriate".
Watch the full statement from UFC Senior Vice President David Shaw, below.