Werdum to Perform LGBTQ Outreach
After using a homophobic slur during a confrontation with Tony Ferguson at the UFC 216 media luncheon, the UFC says heavyweight Fabricio Werdum will be performing community outreach in Las Vegas.
The confrontation between the two men got heated when Werdum called Ferguson a “maricon,” a Spanish homophobic slur.
“Shut your mouth, you ******. Don’t talk to me like that, that’s not how it works. You can talk like that to your division but with me you can’t talk like that ******.”
Not long after the confrontation became known, Werdum issued an apology via his Twitter page.
Maricon is common word in the Spanish culture and I do not mean to offend anyone in the LBG community and if I did I’m apologetic #heeyy
— Fabricio Werdum (@FabricioWerdum) September 29, 2017
In response to this incident, the UFC released the following statement:
“The UFC organization is disappointed with recent comments made by Fabricio Werdum at a promotional event in Los Angeles. The nature and implication of his comments do not reflect UFC’s views and will not be tolerated, no matter the manner in which they are used. We acknowledge and appreciate that Fabricio has since apologized to the organization and to anyone he may have offended with his words. As high profile athletes, role models, and global ambassadors of the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, athletes under contract with UFC are required to abide by the Athlete Conduct Policy. Given his breach of this policy, Fabricio has agreed to perform community outreach within the LGBTQ community in Las Vegas, taking steps to enact change and make a direct impact within the community.”
Ferguson is scheduled to face Kevin Lee for the interim lightweight championship in the main event of UFC 216. Werdum will face Derrick Lewis.
UFC 216 takes place on Oct. 7 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Original Story: Bloody Elbow