LAS VEGAS — Two-division women’s champion Amanda Nunes took great exception to teammate Colby Covington calling her home country of Brazil a “dump” and her fellow countrymen “filthy animals” during his post-fight interview after he defeated Demian Maia in 2017.
Two years have passed since then, and as Nunes prepares to defend her bantamweight title on the same UFC card that will feature Covington challenging for the welterweight title, she revealed to Sporting News that those broken fences between teammates have yet to be mended.
And she has no interest in doing so.
“Like, why?” Nunes asked Sporting News when it was suggested that the teammates should have a conversation at some point. “Why do I need to talk to him? This isn’t a big deal to me anymore. I don’t need to have anything to do with Colby and the things he says.”
Covington has caused some division at American Top Team with his divisive character that demonstrates undying support for President Donald Trump while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and routinely disparaging others with his often crude trash talk. Considering that ATT is composed of a diverse group of fighters, it is no surprise that Covington would rub his teammates the wrong way.
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Some have gone on record with their distaste for Covington’s tactics, but Nunes has remained relatively mum on the subject. And whether or not his words have affected her, Nunes doesn’t see a need to approach Covington.
Despite both fighters calling American Top Team home, Nunes said that she rarely, if ever, crossed paths with Covington during her tenure at ATT. She doesn’t foresee that changing, even if both come out victorious on Saturday night and bring UFC titles back to the gym.
“We don’t even see each other in the gym,” Nunes said. “We have a huge team with completely different schedules. Whatever goes on is between him, the gym and the coach. It has nothing to do with me.
“This is not a big thing for me. I do what I do, and he does what he does.”
You can hear a slight annoyance in Nunes’ voice when it comes to the topic of Covington. It could stem from her teammate’s actions, or it could simply be something she prefers not to address ahead of her UFC 245 bantamweight title defense against Germaine De Randamie.
Either way, there’s certainly something about this situation with Covington that doesn’t sit right with Nunes. It’s just that she has zero interest in putting any energy into the situation and would prefer for the universe to deal with her teammate when the time comes.
“He’s an adult and knows what he says,” Nunes said. “I don’t see myself at any time — and maybe even never — talking to him about the things that he has said. It was the past, and that’s on him.
“If he has to pay for what he has said, then life is going to make him pay.”