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“I apologize. I didn’t mean for it to come out like that,”- Phil Hawes apologizes for remark wishing COVID on Chris Weidman or Uriah Hall

Phil Hawes UFC 185

Last night, Phil Hawes won a competitive fight against Nassourdine Imavov in their middleweight bout Saturday at UFC Fight Night 185 in Las Vegas. Although Hawes had to face a couple of scary moments in the fight, wrestling and grappling tactics finally led him to win and remain undefeated in the UFC.

Hawes won the fight by a majority decision. Two judges gave their decision at 29-28, while the third judge scored the fight 28-28. However, Phil Hawes won the fight before the third judge gave his decision as the other two already kept Hawes ahead.

After winning the fight, he met the press and made a blunt comment while speaking about his next fight. However, Phil Hawes does not have any scheduled fight.

Phil Hawes

Phil Hawes prepares to fight Nassourdine Imavov of Russia in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on February 20, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Phil Hawes wish Chris Weidman or Uriah Hall gets COVID

In speaking about what he would like next during his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping, Hawes expresses that he would like to fill in for either Chris Weidman or Uriah Hall on next UFC 261 on April 24. Chris Weidman and Uriah Hall will face a fight on UFC 261 on April 24.

“I know Weidman and Uriah – what’s his name? – Hall, they’re having that thing,” Hawes said“So hopefully, maybe someone gets COVID or something. Slide me up in there, whenever that is.”

In response to that, Bisping made light of the remark. “Hoping people get COVID so you get a fight,” Bisping said with a laugh. “I like your style.”

However, Phil Hawes rephrased his previous statement and issued an apology, and clarified what he meant to convey.

“I apologize. I didn’t mean for it to come out like that,” Hawes said. “I was just saying how everything’s crazy in the world, if something were to happen, I would slide in. I would never wish COVID or any illness on any person in the world. I apologize. I got my foot in the mouth for that, and I apologize. I won’t ever say that again.”- Hawes clarified.

On a different note, Weidman’s already overcome a case of COVID-19 in January, and he is fit now. So, there will be no chances that Weidman or Uriah Hall will withdraw themselves from the next fight. And, it will be a chance in a million for Phil Hawes to get filled in for UFC 261.


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