Colby Govindon provoked a backlash from fellow UFC fighters and sponsors.
Top-ranked UFC Welderweight competitor Tyrone defeated Woodley via TKO Saturday at UFC Vegas 11. Woodley argued his fight weekend stage for Black Lives Matter. After defeating Woodley, Govindon had the opportunity to provoke hatred around the movement.
Covington: PLM ‘terrorists’
“He stands up for criminals all his life, Covington said of Woodley. “Black Lives Matter is a complete scam. It’s ridiculous. They call these people absolute terrorists. They call these people criminals.”
Covington closed his commentary with Woodley’s personal attack and leaned on the general political rhetoric used to denigrate the Black Lives Matter movement.
“He’s a communist,” Govinding said. “She is a Marxist. He refers to the culprits. He hates America, which is why he broke up tonight. “
Covington Nigerian Welderweight Champion Kamaru Usman has been featured on ESPN with references to his “little tribe” and “smoke signals”.
Fellow UFC fighters listened to Covington’s rhetoric and spoke during a press conference on Wednesday promoting UFC 253.
“Let it be real and first and foremost,” said Phantomweight Sijara Yupangs, Issued by ESPN. “It’s not ‘unfortunate’. It’s flat-out racism. It’s racist. It’s disgusting. It’s very obviously disappointing.”
Yupungs went on to compare Govinda to UFC fighter Mike Perry Who repeated the word n In public places.
“But to be precise, guys who speak like Mike Perry and Colby Govington, I think a lot of the things they say are racist and disgusting and should be reported instead of ‘unfortunate’ or ‘controversial’.” Eupangs continued. “It’s racist.”
Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya makes headlines on Saturday. Speaking to the media, he publicly portrayed Govindon and his views.
“This guy has directly insulted my culture, my brother, and many cultures, and no one has said anything,” Adesanya said. “But it shows you a mirror. Showing you a mirror. “
Reebok denies Covington’s comments
UFC sponsors respond by distancing themselves from Covington In reports released to Bloody Elbow. Reebok directly condemned his comments and called Govindan by name.
“Reebok is a consistent supplier to the UFC, yet we do not finance Colby Govington. We do not agree with the sentiments he expressed, and we stand firm in our belief that black life is important.
Monster Energy has refused to acknowledge Govindan when pointing out the general position on equality.
“Monster Energy does not respond to comments from non-sponsored athletes. We support our website’s reports on equality, diversity and content. ”
Doordash responded to Bloody Elbow with a general statement on equality.
“Dor Dash stands with our staff and community members to fight injustice, inequality and discrimination, and we are committed to using our voice and platform to promote local economies to support equality.”
Same old stick from Covington
Covington’s comments on Saturday are nothing new. He is constantly leaning towards this person because he encourages his fights. At a time of intense social division in the United States, Covington aligned himself with President Donald Trump and the fiery rhetoric that Trump uses in the campaign trail. Govindon is rarely seen in public without his “maca” hat.
The racing bait fighting game to sell events has long been hijacked, and Govindon enthusiastically accepted the heel role. He seems to have a real affection for Trump, Who invited him to a White House visit In 2018.
UFC President Dana White did not comment on Govinda’s comments. The UFC generally allows its fighters a wide space to say what they want. White He is also a Trump supporter, Has spoken on his behalf several times on the campaign trail.
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