Cody Durden may have won his flyweight bout against Chinese fighter Qileng Aori live today (Sat, Nov 20, 2021) at UFC Vegas 43 ESPN+ from inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, but the Georgian-born lost a ton of fans in the process.
The fight itself was an exchange of blows with two fighters trying to claim their first Octagon victory. Durden took an early lead with his wrestling before getting tired and giving Qileng some big punches to the feet. In the third and decisive round, Durden was able to bring the fight back on the ground to secure the unanimous decision victory.
Durden’s performance was well and good, but it was his post-fight comment that got everyone to his head.
“I had to send him back to China, where he came from,” Durden blurted out during his post-fight interview with Daniel Cormier. The remark came from the left box, forcing Cormier to cut off the interview and just walk away.
Following the incident, Twitter fell into a frenzy over Durden’s comment, and rightly so. Check out some of the following reactions:
And Cody Durden is losing any goodwill he may have earned after saying he was going to “send his opponent back to China”.
Not looking good at all.
– Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) 20. November 2021
Good. I don’t have to watch the UFC anymore today. I will help the bears find peace.
— esther lin ️ (@allelbows) 20. November 2021
Even Colby winced when Durden returned to China after the fight interview
— E. Casey Leydon (@ekc) 20. November 2021
And the sinophobia continues as the Chinese fighters continue to fill the role of the Iron Sheikh for many in the field … who saw this coming
– Dan Tom (@DanTomMMA) 20. November 2021
Some Hick UFC fighter just bragged about sending his opponent back to China, which is where he came from. Normal Saturday afternoon.
– caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) 20. November 2021
Cody Durden makes white people look stupid again
– Jared Gordon (@JFlashGordonMMA) 20. November 2021
– Muhammad Mokaev (@muhammadmokaev) 20. November 2021
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