In Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne II, the strikes didn’t come to a complete halt at the final horn.
Werdum, who defeated “Hapa” for the second time (following their first meeting in 2014) by unanimous decision at Sarturday’s UFC 203, got into a brief altercation with Browne’s head coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, after the bout concluded.
Tarverdyan shared words with the former UFC heavyweight champion, which led to Werdum kicking the coach. Both corners were then escorted out of the cage, just before the official decision was read.
Afterwards, Werdum addressed the scuffle at the post-fight press conference. He said that Tarverdyan approached him first — not the other way around.
“He said, ‘Motherf-cker, shut up your mouth!’ I said, ‘What?’ I just kept the distance. I don’t got to kick him,” Werdum said. “I know he’s a boxing coach, and I see in his eyes he want to punch my face. I just keep the distance, that’s it. But he come first. He said a lot of bad things. My mom say, ‘Never say bad things for nobody.’ I say, ‘OK.’ But he start.”
No one involved will face discipline from the Ohio State Athletic Commission, MMAFighting.com reported early Sunday morning.
“Everyone left on a positive note,” executive director Bernie Profato told MMAFighting.com. “They said they respected the commission and assured this would never happen again.”
UFC 203 took place live from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Saturday evening. In the main event, Stipe Miocic defended the heavyweight belt for the first time with a first-round knockout of Alistair Overeem.
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