Werdum Fined For Boomerang Attack
After attacking Colby Covington on the streets of Sydney with a boomerang, Fabricio Werdum has recieved a punishment for committing common assault.
Fabricio Werdum was fined $600 (around $460 USD) on Wednesday in an Australian court, a court spokesperson confirmed with MMA Fighting. The news was first reported by 9 News in Australia.
Werdum did not appear at Downing Centre Local Court, but the matter was handled without him.
The incident occurred days prior to UFC’s event in Sydney where Werdum would face Marcin Tybura, on November 16th. Werdum and Covington got into a verbal altercation and Werdum in the midst of the argument threw a boomerang, given to him by a fan. It was captured on video by UFC fighter Dan Hooker. Werdum ended up being charged one day later with common assault by the New South Wales Police Force.
Covington went to the police about the incident, and told The MMA Hour that Werdum and his coach Rafael Cordeiro approached and threatened him. Covington has drawn the ire of Brazilian fighters and coaches for derogatory remarks he’s made about the country and its fans.
Werdum, a former UFC heavyweight champion, said Covington uttered the phrase “filthy Brazilians” as the two crossed paths, which lead to Werdum slapping a phone out of Covington’s hands. Covington kicked him in retaliation, Werdum said.
Covington denied starting the confrontation and said he never kicked Werdum. Part of the mess was captured by Covington on his Instagram Live, including when Covington called Werdum an anti-gay slur.
No one was seriously injured in the dust up. Werdum went on to beat Tybura by unanimous decision.
“Believe me, I get it, I get it that Colby disrespected Brazil and all the Brazilian people,” UFC president Dana White said of the incident two weeks ago.
“I know how Brazilians get about that stuff. You just can’t go around assaulting people, you know? You just can’t do it. It’s bad.”