Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Fabricio Werdum apologized in a tweet for using a homophobic slur.
Werdum, however, denied that he meant to offend anyone in the “LBG” community with it, claiming it was a “common word in Spanish culture.”
Maricon is common word in the Spanish culture and I do not mean to offend anyone in the LBG community and if I did I'm apologetic #heeyy
— Fabricio Werdum (@FabricioWerdum) September 29, 2017
Not everyone accepted his apology, though. Reigning UFC Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg said Fabricio had no respect.
This guy no respect
— #UFC222 CyborgNation (@criscyborg) September 29, 2017
Gav Tobias-Jefferon referred to it as a “sh**ty apology” and insisted Werdum should act more like a role model:
What a shitty apology. It's LGBTQ and it was the first time you got called out for homophobia too. You're a role model, act like one. @ufc
— Gavin Jefferson (@DoctorUlysses) September 29, 2017
Others were more sympathetic to his apology:
he didnt need to grow out of it. Seems like a valid excuse to me. Thats the way people where he is from talk. Why do we care so much?
— AerialPenn_MMA (@AerialPennMMA) September 29, 2017
No matter what you think of his apology, though, the UFC has already handed Fabricio Werdum his punishment; he will be doing outreach in the LBGTQ community.