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Yes, you read that headline correctly. Fabricio Werdum and Colby Covington got into it before this weekend’s UFC event in Australia, in which Werdum is one half of the main event. Werdum threw a wrapped boomerang at Colby. Another look:
Fabricio Werdum threw a BOOMERANG at Colby Covington. What even is the Conor McGregor water bottle incident? MAN CHUCKED A BOOMERANG!!! pic.twitter.com/F5ibWUUxly— Alex Scaffidi (@alex_scaffidi) November 16, 2017
Covington also filmed himself hurling insults at Werdum, including a homophobic slur. That part is a little ironic, considering Werdum was in hot water recently for throwing gay slurs during an altercation with another lighter weight fighter, interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson. Colby Covington, meanwhile, has been making a name for himself as an antagonist, insulting everyone and everybody with zero restraint- especially Brazilians, referring to Brazil as a dump.
Colby Covington in Altercation with Fabricio Werdum https://t.co/5lXGnbSoDe— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) November 16, 2017
Covington soon deleted the post, but the internet is forever, bro.
Werdum was insistent that, despite Covington’s allegations in the video, he didn’t throw a punch. Via FloCombat.com:
"This guy is really audacious," Werdum told FloCombat. "I went down with my master [Rafael Cordeiro]: 'Master, let's get a hair cut and shave the beard.' We were in the lobby, and I've never seen this guy before. When I walked he looked at me and said: 'Brazilian animals.' And I was like: 'Hey.' I slapped his phone and asked, 'What did you say?' Then, he kicked my leg, but I managed to defend. Then the guys got in the middle and had nothing left. But he kicked me, he is audacious. I could have hurt myself.
"I don't know why he insists on this mistake of speaking of the Brazilians... I didn't understand. [...] He wants media, wants to imitate Conor McGregor. He looks like ridiculous the way he does. I didn't believe when he said it. I didn't believe it. I slapped his phone and he stepped back and kicked me. Then we were arguing, and he kept shouting that Brazilians were animals.
"If I had hit him in the face, he would be in the hospital. Certainly. There was no punch, he's crazy."
Apparently the boomerang was a gift to Werdum from a fan.
And the Boomerang Werdum used to hit Colby with was given to him by a fan pic.twitter.com/nZ8afHgHxl— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) November 16, 2017
The UFC has released a statement on the matter:
"UFC was made aware of the altercation between Fabricio Werdum and Colby Covington at the organization’s host hotel in Sydney, Australia. The organization will conduct a full investigation to determine if the Athlete Conduct Policy was violated before taking any further action on this matter."
Of all the things UFC fighters have hurled at each other, including water bottles, Monster cans, and shoes, this boomerang has to be by far the best, given a throwing weapon was it’s original purpose.
The significance of geopolitical sports diplomacy aside, Benjamin Netanyahu compared a description of MMA to the Knesset, Israel’s legislative body, which I found to be hilarious. These fighters visited Netanyahu ahead of Bellator 188 in Tel Aviv, headlined by UFC veteran Noah Lahat.
Ahead of Bellator 188 in Tel-Aviv, Fedor, Royce Gracie, Noad Lahat, Haim Gozali and Mike Kogan met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He’s got moves. https://t.co/ZaJdQk52KB— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 14, 2017
The following are a series of fighters in their natural element:
Luke Rockhold in the water
Groovy Lando Vannata having fun in the gym
Bethe Correia at the beach
Rachel Ostovich-Berdon in a fancy dress. Her fight on the Ultimate Fighter aired tonight
La bella peleadora del MMA, Rachael Ostovich a través de redes sociales. pic.twitter.com/DN5mOsadiN— Fighters Magazine (@FightersMagz) October 22, 2017
Pro Fight League ring girl Emily Miller
Brian Kelleher, UFC bantamweight
Gokhan Saki says everyone in Holland believes in weed
Believe me brother, everybody in Holland “believes” we grow up with this like cereals for breakfast— Gokhan Saki (@gokhantherebel) November 16, 2017
Derek Brunson is going to wait on a big name
Was gonna book a fight asap. Now I’ll wait until after Bisping vs Gastelum. I’m looking for new challenges. I’ve fought all of the tough meaningless fights. l want to work towards a title now— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) November 15, 2017
Say goodbye for now, lads
An update on McGregor’s likely return timeline from his coach
Just saw John Kavanagh who was very surprised by the Woodley vs. Diaz rumours. Says Conor probably won't return until April or mid next year. Still have to go through negotiations with the #UFC to place deal for next fight.— Farah Hannoun (@Farah_Hannoun) November 15, 2017
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
How did this kid... do this??
2 minutes of uppercuts
Old school ring MMA
Hayato "Mach" Sakurai vs. Jens Pulver pic.twitter.com/m4BKFExMRw— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) November 15, 2017
Nate Diaz may or may not fight Tyron Woodley, but let’s recall he is awesome
Podcasts and Video
The MMA Outsiders Episode 6- UFC Norfolk
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Flyin Brian J previews Werdum-Tybura
Good Reads and Quick Hits
- Dustin Poirier is still cleaning Anthony Pettis’ blood out of his cauliflower ears
- The UFC and Bellator have spent a lot of money lobbying the Muhammed Ali Expansion Act (presumably lobbying against the passage of the bill)
- Amanda Nunes made Forbes’ “30 under 30” list
A duckling feeding fish?
This is wild.
The Mountain with his brothers is the definition of “Bitch, you thought.” pic.twitter.com/hKBACuWkp6— Sofa King Cool ✇ (@nerdcula) November 15, 2017