UFC “disappointed” with Werdum, will do LGBTQ outreach

October 1, 2017

Fabricio Werdum will do outreach in the LGBTQ community as a result of a tirade at a UFC 216 Media Lunch last week with Tony Ferguson.  Werdum used a homophobic slur directed to Ferguson during a confrontation with the UFC lightweight.  As a result, the UFC has issued a statement expressing its disappointment with Werdum.

The UFC released a statement (via MMA Fighting):

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.

Werdum attempted to apologize himself explaining away his comments:

Payout Perspective:

Regardless of Werdum’s explanation, he should understand that this is not the gym and he has to carry himself like a professional.  Getting into a heated argument with someone not even in your division makes no sense and has no payoff.  Not only does Werdum look bad, but he created a public relations issue for the UFC which won’t do him any favors with the UFC.

3 Responses to “UFC “disappointed” with Werdum, will do LGBTQ outreach”

  1. Wil on October 3rd, 2017 1:56 AM

    news is slow these days on the UFC i see

  2. Diego on October 3rd, 2017 4:33 AM

    Fabricio’s Spanish is substantially better than Tony’s. Tony’s is barely good enough to order at Taco Bell.

    And Fabricio is right that “maricon” is a commonly used term. It’s even a term of endearment among bros.

    “You can talk like that to your division, not with me maricon.” Honestly I find that pretty funny. Offensive to many, I’m sure. But also funny.

  3. Diego on October 3rd, 2017 4:37 AM

    And Tony didn’t really grow a pair until a UFC exec was in between them. Not impressed.

    OK, I’m done. Wil is right. News is slow on the UFC.

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