By Simon Samano |
February 20, 2021 10: 30 pm
Phil Hawes walked abet a commentary in which he wished one of his fellow UFC middleweights would contract COVID-19 for his doable attend.
Hawes survived a third-spherical surge from Nassourdine Imavov to flee with a majority-option win of their middleweight bout Saturday at UFC Fight Night 185 in Las Vegas. In talking about what he’d delight in next throughout his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping, Hawes expressed a want to occupy in for either Chris Weidman or Uriah Hall have to still one of them fall out of their UFC 261 fight on April 24.
“I do know Weidman and Uriah – what’s his title? – Hall, they’re having that thing,” Hawes said. “So with a diminutive of luck, maybe anyone will get COVID or one thing. Trail me up in there, every time that is.”
In response, Bisping made light of the commentary.
“Hoping people pick up COVID so that you just pick up a fight,” Bisping said with fun. “I delight in your model.”
For the period of his post-fight news convention, Hawes issued an apology and clarified what he supposed to convey.
“I affirm regret. I didn’t imply for it to come abet out delight in that,” Hawes said. “I used to be authorized announcing how every thing’s crazy on the planet, if one thing were to happen, I would dash in. I would by no map wish COVID or any illness on anyone on the planet. I affirm regret. I received my foot in the mouth for that, and I affirm regret. I received’t ever shriek that but again.”
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Weidman’s already overcome a case of COVID-19.
Weidman, a vulnerable UFC middleweight champion, and Hall in the muse were booked to fulfill final week at UFC 258, nevertheless the fight used to be pushed abet after Weidman examined definite for the coronavirus in January. In an interview with Submission Radio earlier this month, Weidman detailed the severity of his case of the disease accountable for practically half-a-million deaths in the U.S.
“First couple of days undoubtedly sucked handsome injurious,” Weidman said. “For about three days I had a fever, physique aches, injurious headache, and it authorized roughly sucked. And then after that, I authorized roughly felt tired. I would pick up these complications randomly. Yeah, so I had to take about two weeks off coaching, and now I in actuality feel just correct and getting abet in shape. … “I also lost 12 pounds. I used to be ingesting soups and stuff. My dash for meals wasn’t that gargantuan, and I done up losing 12 pounds throughout the process.”
Hawes, 32, a 2020 “Dana White’s Contender Series” alum, is on a six-fight winning plod and off to a 2-0 birth up with the UFC after Saturday evening. He received his promotional debut final October with an 18-2d knockout of Jacob Malkoun at UFC 254.