At the UFC 203 post-fight press conference, Werdum explained what happened.
“He started it.”
“He said shut up your mouth motherf***er.”
“I just keep my distance, I don’t want to kick him, I just keep the distance, you know, he’s a boxing coach, and I see in his eyes he wants to punch my face. And I just want to keep the distance. But he comes first. He says a lot of things, a lot of bad things.”
In an appearance on FOX Sports 1, White pointed out that while it is very rare, these things do happen occasionally.
“Listen, this is the fight business,” said White said. “99.9 percent of the time when the fight is over, everyone is cool and shows respect. There are incidents sometimes. It happens. Nothing serious happened tonight. I’m sure the athletic commission will have something to say about it and I’m sure some fines will be handed out.”
As it turned out, the incident was indeed minor, and neither Werdum nor Tarverdyan will face sanction by the Ohio Athletic Commission.
UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic was warming up backstage at the time, but apparently caught it on the feed in his locker room, and knows what it feels like to to be kicked by the Brazilian.
“I’ve felt Werdum’s push kick before,” said Miocic. “It’s a good push kick. I felt bad for that coach.”