UFC flyweight Aoriqileng wasn’t happy when he heard Cody Durden telling him to ‘go back to China’ during his UFC Vegas 43 post-fight interview.
Durden defeated Aoriqileng in a back-and-forth bout at UFC Vegas 43. It was the first win of Durden’s young UFC career, and Aoriqileng’s second straight loss in the Octagon.
But support for Durden quickly turned to hostile backlash after he said he had to ‘send [Aoriqileng] back to China’ when asked about his approach to the fight. UFC commentator Daniel Cormier quickly ended the post-fight interview and the UFC community roasted Durden on social media and at the UFC Apex.
Aoriqileng had been relatively quiet since the fight and post-fight comments, but he addressed Durden’s racially-charged remarks via an Instagram post.
“I destroyed this forward in the cage, but the judges gave him a chance to say something disgusting through his disgusting mouth,” Aoriqileng said. “He couldn’t do nothing in the fight, and I saw fear through his eyes. He is a coward.”
Aoriqileng Responded To Cody Durden’s ‘Go Back To China’ Post-Fight Comments
Entering his fight with Durden, Aoriqileng desperately needed a win after falling in his UFC debut to Jeff Molina at UFC 261. He has yet to pick up his first UFC win after the loss to Durden.
Before signing with the UFC, he competed in brief stints with WLF and KFWC.
In his additional post-fight media availability, Durden told reporters that he saw nothing wrong with his comments. A few hours later, he posted on his Twitter an apology to Aoriqileng and clarified that his words weren’t racially motivated.
That didn’t stop the UFC fanbase from blasting Durden for his post-fight interview. It’s unclear if he’ll receive punishment from the UFC brass and Dana White for the incident.
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