Brazilian UFC strawweight beauty Polyana Viana has irked some fans from her homeland after being pictured in a cozy pose with men’s welterweight star Colby Covington – who once labeled Brazil a “dump”.
Former welterweight interim champ Covington posted an image to Instagram of himself with Viana with his arm draped across her shoulder and the smiling pair touching each other’s knees. Viana is also wearing a T-shirt with Covington’s ‘Chaos’ fighting moniker written across the front.
The picture racked up more than 72,000 ‘likes’ in the space of just a few hours, with some fans complementing Covington on “the biggest W of his career.”
“You finally found your queen of chaos?” asked another fan, while one gushed: “Future MMA power couple.”
Viana herself responded to the image with three ‘top’ emojis.
Others, however, were angered by the image and accused Viana of associating with a man who once branded fans in her homeland “filthy animals.”
After defeating local favorite Demian Maia in Sao Paulo in October of 2017, Covington grabbed the mic to launch into a diatribe against the furious crowd, screaming: “Brazil, you’re a dump. All you filthy animals suck.”
Covington escaped the cauldron of hatred as fans hurled objects at him, and later claimed that the incendiary remarks had been part a move to attract more attention as he was supposedly on the brink of being cut by the UFC.
Some Brazilian fans clearly haven’t forgiven or forgotten, taking to the replies section to call out Viana.
“Such a shame, Poly,” wrote one fan angered by Viana’s decision to “give an idea to a guy like that.”
“Cant believe she’s with Colby after he called her country a dumpster and ripped on her ethnicity. Sh*t crazy man,” read another reply on Twitter.
But others moved to quell any animosity, with one comment reading: “Lol, Brazilian people mad in comments. It’s her team u idiots wtf.”
Cant believe she’s with colby after he called her country a dumpster and ripped on her ethnicity. Shit crazy man
— OTF ŁØŸÃŁ (@kobesuperstar) March 4, 2021
Cause that’s just an act, like a wwe wrestling character.Colby in real life is a decent dude with great work ethic.Look up some of the things he does for fans/people when he’s just being himself he’s really not a bad guy
— Big Rick (@BigRickWalsh1) March 4, 2021
I thought you didn’t like Brazilians… 🙄
— Nina (@Nina86B) March 4, 2021
Viana can clearly handle herself, rising to global fame after she fought off a would-be mugger in her homeland back in January of 2019.
On that occasion, UFC boss Dana White shared the damage dealt out by the 28-year-old Viana to the offender, adding the caption “#Badf***ingidea.”
Viana boasts a 12-4 professional MMA record and was successful in her last trip to the UFC octagon, submitting Mallory Martin inside the first round of their contest at UFC 258 in February.
Ever since his run-in with fans in Brazil, Covington has continued to cultivate his image as one of the UFC’s biggest trash talkers.
The 33-year-old star enjoyed close relations with former US President Donald Trump and his family, championing the MAGA cause and visiting Trump at the White House.
That support extended to Covington taking aim at Trump’s critics as well as the Black Lives Matter movement. His last contest with Tyron Woodley – which ended in a fifth-round TKO victory for Covington – was mired in fractious rhetoric such as Covington calling his opponent “a woke little b*tch.”
In recent weeks, Covington has reignited his feud with arch Trump opponent LeBron James, calling him a “Chinese finger puppet.”
Covington has previously labeled James a “spineless coward” and has vowed to make him “eat the canvas” in the extremely unlikely event of a showdown between the pair.
Covington is currently waiting on his next UFC assignment, although a contest with teammate-turned-foe Jorge Masvidal has been widely touted as a possibility.