UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt is in some hot water, to say the least.
The reason for such heat is due to his feud with Aljamain Sterling on Twitter, which turned into chaos. If you recall, the UFC champion decided to respond to Sterling after the prospect blasted him for repeatedly calling him “boy.” This term is considered racist.
However, to the UFC champion, he uses for everyone and was unaware that it carried racial connotations. It should be noted that the word “boy” has been in several different headlines due to the fact that UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor called boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. that several times while doing a media tour in the build to hype their upcoming boxing showdown this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Garbrandt recently spoke with Ariel Helwani of The MMA Hour to explain what happened in the Twitter war and using the word “boy.” Here is what he had to say:
“I should have called him a little b**ch, not ‘boy’, I didn’t know that it was politically incorrect. I got a shirt that says ‘Hanging with the boys’, I call everybody ‘boy’. You know, ‘what’s up, boy’, I didn’t know that it was politically incorrect. I am not in the least bit racist."
"I have a sister that’s married to a black guy. I have a niece that is a mixed (race) child. For him to go out there and try to ride off that fame, I told that fool that the next time I see him, I’m going to f**k him up. He tried to tell me that I was going to get jumped and all of this, he’s just a b**ch, and that’s what he is. I should have called him a b**ch.”
Garbrandt (11-0) is set to fight former champion TJ Dillashaw at the upcoming UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) event. The UFC champion recently recovered from a debilitating back injury and will make his first title defense at the upcoming event.
UFC 217 is set to take place on Saturday, November 4th in New York at Madison Square Garden. Garbrandt vs. Dillashaw for the UFC bantamweight title is expected to serve as the co-main event. Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre for the UFC middleweight title is expected to headline this card.
The UFC will be adding more bouts to this card, and it will likely be stacked. The main card will air on pay-per-view while the preliminary card will air on FOX Sports 1 and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.
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