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Colby Covington’s Brazil-bashing routine caused such a stir that even some of his American Top Team stablemates turned on him.
But there’s one ATT member hailing from Brazil who is willing to defend the 170-pound contender: longtime MMA manager Alex Davis.
Davis was in Sao Paulo with many of his athletes when Covington turned his UFC Fight Night 119 meeting with Demian Maia into yet another opportunity to controversially gain attention. Clearly, it worked. And, while Davis finds it unfortunate that negativity seems to work so effectively toward boosting fighters’ names, he also can’t fault the welterweight for using a successful approach.
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“As a member of American Top Team, I had Colby’s back there,” Davis told MMAjunkie Radio. “If anything would have been needed, I would have defended that kid. I like Colby. I don’t have a problem with him. And you know what? Colby went down there on a mission, and he accomplished it. He went there to gain notoriety, and he went there to beat Demian Maia. He did both. …
“I, personally, am kind of in a different position than all my Brazilian teammates – who are kind of upset about it and everything. He’s moving forward. People are talking about it.”
Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) spent all of fight week throwing jabs at Brazil and its “filthy animals,” but things reached a boiling point on fight night. After taking a unanimous decision over Maia, “Chaos” had boos and actual objects thrown his way as he made his way out of the octagon (via Instagram):
Despite an exec’s initial remarks about possible disciplinary action for the fighter, UFC President Dana White was later dismissive. Weeks after the incident, a still-unapologetic Covington traveled to Sydney to fulfill guest fighter duties and saw himself in the middle of a scuffle with Brazilian ex-champ Fabricio Werdum. Brazil seems to have played at least some part in it.
Other than a boomerang thrown his way, Covington’s antics also got him some heat from a few peers – including UFC champion Amanda Nunes and heavyweight vet Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, who’s actually managed by Davis.
In fairness, Davis does think Covington takes things “a little too far.” And the manager, who wouldn’t personally say such things about anyone’s country, wishes trash-talking wasn’t such a proven way of getting ahead in the UFC. But, at the end of the day, the game “is what it is” – and Covington is at least backing up his talk.
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“It’s the second time he’s been in Brazil. It’s the second time he had things thrown at him and heard that he’s going to die,” Davis said. “So, you know what, put yourself in his position. He went out, won a great fight and then he said, ‘F y’all.’
“I like Colby personally. I don’t have a problem with him. So there’s where I’m at. He’s my teammate. I’m Brazilian-American (Davis was born in Brazil, but lived in the U.S. and comes from an American family), I love my Brazilians, I love my Americans, I’m ATT also, and he’s my teammate.”
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