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Morning Report: Jon Jones praises Fabricio Werdum for hitting Colby Covington with a boomerang

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Jon Jones is no stranger to outside the cage controversy. He also knows a thing or two about failed comebacks, having twice returned to the cage off of suspension only to be re-suspended shortly thereafter. So who better to comment on the altercation yesterday where former heavyweight champion threw a boomerang at Colby Covington in Sydney, Australia?

Covington has recently stirred up a lot of anger for calling Brazilian fans “filthy animals” after beating Demian Maia at UFC Sao Paulo. He also repeated the comment on his Instagram Live after yesterday’s altercation and called Werdum a “f****t.” Covington’s xenophobic comments seem to have also angered Jones who Tweeted that Werdum did a “good job” for standing up to Covington’s “racism.”

Jones does not appear to be aware of Werdum’s own recent trouble with that particular gay slur, having used it repeatedly at a media luncheon with Tony Ferguson in September. He is fairly knowledgeable about Covington though, who he roomed with Iowa Central Community College in the late 2000’s. But based on Covington’s recent comments calling Jones a “piece of s**t dirtbag,” it would appear that they two aren’t all that fond of each other.

Jones is waiting for his disciplinary hearing to resolve the issue of his failed drug test at UFC 217.


MUST-READ STORIES

TUF 26. The semifinals matchups for The Ultimate Fighter 26 have been set.

Boomerang. Fabricio Werdum and Colby Covington get into a physical altercation.

USADA. Michael Bisping says Anderson Silva’s latest USADA failure “completely destroys his legacy.”

Bets. Tyron Woodley opens up as a favorite over Nate Diaz in possible bout.

Demons. Michael Bisping says he’s “mentally wounded” from loss to Georges St-Pierre.


VIDEO STEW

Covington’s IG Live.

Free fight.

Poirier says he’s still cleaning blood out of his ears from the Pettis fight.

Waterson interview.

Tattoo artists breaking down Conor’s pieces.

Rockhold remix.


LISTEN UP

Heavy Hands. Recapping UFC Norfolk and looking ahead to Werdum-Tybura.

Bushido Talk. Discussing McGregor, Anderson, and Woodley vs. Nate.

Obviously Fight Talk. Chuck Mindenhall and John Redmond join.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

The now infamous boomerang throw.

Kelvin on Covington trying to fight former heavyweight champions.

Trying to get the champ of a division in on 6 weeks notice is a bold plan.

Covington at least picking a fight with a guy his own size.

Must. Have.

Ryan Bader is definitely going to win this thing.

Not quite Rose on the piano but not bad.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Gian Villante (15-9) vs. Francimar Barroso (19-6, 1 NC); UFC 220, Jan. 20.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Two dudes, who have recently been embroiled in controversy from saying bigoted things, get into an altercation with one of them throwing a boomerang at the other, in Australia. AKA, the most MMA thing ever.

Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.


EXIT POLL


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