Colby Covington does not care about his Brazilian ATT teammates he offended
By calling Brazilians “filthy animals” after defeating Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 119 in Sao Paulo, Covington has incurred the wrath of many, including from his teammates at American Top Team, according to MMAJunkie.
Head coach Ricardo Liborio, who is Brazilian, condemned Covington’s actions while also announcing his departure from the team. Brazilian ATT competitors have also spoken out against Covington, most notably UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and heavyweight Antonio Silva.
But Covington does not care.
“I don’t really care about Amanda Nunes. I don’t really care about ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, you know,” Covington on Monday told MMAjunkie Radio. “They’re not my friends. They never have been my friends, and they never will be my friends.”
“It’s not a team. I’m not part of a team,” Covington said. “… We’re not in a points-scoring system like basketball or football, where it’s a team. This is an individual sport. I do represent American Top Team, but I don’t represent any other fighters in that gym.”
“There’s always been a dividing line between the Americans and the Brazilians,” Covington said. “I’ve said this since Day 1: There’s a lot of cliques in the gym. If you go back through my interviews, then you know this is nothing new that I haven’t said before. So it is what it is.”