The list of Brazilians upset with Colby Covington keeps getting bigger, but only one man can say he already beat the rising welterweight.
Warlley Alves gave Covington his only defeat in mixed martial arts in December 2015, tapping him with a guillotine choke in less than 90 seconds at UFC 194, and wants to give him another loss after hearing Covington call Brazilians fans “filthy animals” following his win over Demian Maia at UFC Sao Paulo last month.
“He will pay for what he said,” Alves told MMA Fighting. “I heard that the UFC will punish him. I don’t know if that is true or not, but I have a suggestion to make. Do you want really punish him, UFC? Make him fight me again, and you’ll see what a real punishment is.”
Alves recently returned to the winning with a decision victory over Salim Touahri at UFC Gdansk, seven days before Covington’s dominant win over Maia, and thinks the American Top Team talent has crossed a line with his words.
“A man can cross a line, and I don’t approve what he said,” Alves said. “I have an enormous admiration for the United States. In fact, I wish Brazil was similar to the United States in some laws they have. I admire the American laws and President Trump. When a man disrespects someone else’s nation, it can’t go unpunished.
“It’s our country, our nation. I love our anthem, our flag. I’m the type of guy that would give my life for my ideals and for my country, and this a**hole comes and says the things he said? In his apology, he apologizes to the animals for comparing them to Brazilians?
“I just hope the UFC books this fight. I know he won’t respond to me because he knows I’m too much for him. He will run from this. I beat him once and I’ll beat him again anywhere in the world.”
Covington has won five in a row since losing to the Brazilian, beating the likes of Maia, Dong Hyun Kim and Bryan Barberena, and Alves congratulates him for bouncing back from his quick defeat at UFC 194.
However, saying those things upset him.
“I will beat him up. I want to beat him up,” Alves said. “He will try to take me down, I will stop his takedowns and punch him in the face. My hands will be raised in the end. I’ll have the Brazilian flag with me, and he will realize he can’t say what he said about Brazil.”