American Top Team head coach Conan Silveira says Colby Covington is coexisting fine with his Brazilian teammates and coaches.
Welterweight fighter Colby Covington has drawn the ire of many Brazilians in the sport today. All of it is rooted in his recent actions such as calling the entire crowd in Sao Paulo as “filthy animals”, as well as his recent feud with Fabricio Werdum, among others.
However, he seems to be doing fine with his Brazilian teammates and coaches at the renowned American Top Team in Florida, at least according to head coach Conan Silveira.
“He doesn’t have any problem with teammates or coaches, Brazilians, not Brazilians, Americans – he doesn’t have any problem with anyone here in the house,” Silveira told MMAjunkie.
Many fans frown upon Covington’s manner of self-promotion as well. Silveira, on the other hand, understands the necessity of it, especially since he believes Colby also delivers on his performances.
“I wouldn’t be a fighter that would go that path, but that’s me,” Silveira said. “What people should see is that 90 percent of fighters that criticize him want to do what he’s doing, want to get what he’s getting. Colby’s not only talking, but he’s doing. As much as people don’t like to recognize that, he’s trash-talking, but he’s fighting and winning and getting there.”
“In the house, no problem at all,” he continued. “He’s a cool guy with everybody. Brazilian coaches or American coaches, it doesn’t matter. His opinion has to do with him. We’re not his parents here. We’re trainers.”
Covington’s recent beef was with Kenny Florian when he was displeased with how the TUF 1 alum assessed his path to the welterweight title during a UFC Tonight segment.