Fabricio Werdum came under fire after he hurled a homophobic slur at Tony Ferguson during a recent media scrum that saw the two combatants nearly come to blows.

After “Vai Cavalo” apologized, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) released a statement on the incident.

The UFC organization is disappointed with recent comments made by Fabricio Werdum at a promotional event in Los Angeles. The nature and implication of his comments do not reflect UFC’s views and will not be tolerated, no matter the manner in which they are used.

We acknowledge and appreciate that Fabricio has since apologized to the organization and to anyone he may have offended with his words. As high profile athletes, role models, and global ambassadors of the sport of Mixed Martial Arts, athletes under contract with UFC are required to abide by the Athlete Conduct Policy. Given his breach of this policy, Fabricio has agreed to perform community outreach within the LGBTQ community in Las Vegas, taking steps to enact change and make a direct impact within the community.

Despite past controversial statements and ties with Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov — who makes his disdain for homosexuals well known and has long been accused of torturing and murdering gay people — Fabricio has denied being homophobic.

Werdum will return to action at UFC 216 when he takes on Derrick Lewis on Oct. 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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