So, Colby Covington was finding it hard to make progress in his career despite having only a single loss and several wins when he initially started in the UFC. His fighting skills were never in question, however he felt that he needed to attract attention to him if he wanted to succeed further in the business.
After his fight with Demian Maia, Colby Covington went on to insult the Brazilian crowd by calling Brazil a dump and labelling Brazilians as filthy animals.
Yeah, I feel like, ‘Yeah, I got you.’ They like to dish out all this energy and say these mean things like, ‘you [voce] vai morrer,’ which we know means ‘You will die.’ So, if you want to say these mean things, expect mean things to get said back at you. So, if you want to be a part of the show and play the game, don’t be afraid when you get burned.Colby Covington
They did. They were loaded like secret service Brazilian guards who had guns and everything. And they were like, ‘Hey, we’ve got to get you out through like, this crazy exit (from the arena) in the bottom. And we’ve got to take you to the hotel early. And you’ve got to wear glasses and cover yourself with a hoodie and a hat.’ Yeah. They were like, ‘You’ve got to go in disguise. We can’t have you out.’ Like, that’s why they wouldn’t let me do a post-fight press conference after the fight because there was like, a bunch of Brazilians surrounded the arena like, with guns and knives and forks…And that’s when I remember my whole team was like, yelling, ‘Man, you put all our lives at risk; not just yourself. Like, they’re going to want to kill us all now.’ So, they were all pi**ed at me.Colby Covington
Obviously, Brazilians weren’t happy with what Colby had said and they were probably ready to kill him if they had the chance.
Daniel Cormier spoke to Colby a few days before his second welterweight title fight against Kamaru Usman.