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Fabricio Werdum fined $600 for throwing boomerang at Colby Covington in Australia

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

As the saying goes, what goes around comes around.

Fabricio Werdum was fined $600 (around $460 USD) for common assault Wednesday in an Australian court for throwing a boomerang and hitting fellow UFC fighter Colby Covington in the neck last month, a court spokesperson confirmed with MMA Fighting. The news was first reported by 9 News in Australia.

Werdum did not appear at Downing Centre Local Court, but the matter was adjudicated without him.

The incident occurred Nov. 16, just days before Werdum fought against Marcin Tybura at UFC Sydney. Werdum and Covington got into a verbal altercation and Werdum threw the boomerang, given to him by a fan as a souvenir. It was captured on video by UFC fighter Dan Hooker. Werdum ended up being charged one day later with common assault by the New South Wales Police Force.

Covington went to the police about the incident. He said on The MMA Hour last month that Werdum and his coach Rafael Cordeiro approached him and threatened to kill him out of nowhere. Covington has drawn heat from Brazilian fighters and coaches — including his own teammates — for derogatory remarks he’s made about the country and its fans.

Werdum, the former UFC heavyweight champion, said at the time that Covington said “filthy Brazilians” as the two crossed paths and Werdum slapped a phone out of Covington’s hands. Covington kicked him in retaliation, Werdum said.

Covington denied starting the confrontation by saying that and said he never kicked Werdum. Part of the mess was captured by Covington on his Instagram Live, including when Covington called Werdum an anti-gay slur.

No one was seriously injured in the dust up. Werdum went on to beat Tybura by unanimous decision.

"Believe me, I get it, I get it that Colby disrespected Brazil and all the Brazilian people,” UFC president Dana White said of the incident two weeks ago. “I know how Brazilians get about that stuff. You just can’t go around assaulting people, you know? You just can’t do it. It’s bad.”