There's simply too much fun and frivolity on UFC fight nights to squeeze into one vlog, so president Dana White has released several vlogs. Near the end of this episode, White is doing an interview with Edge Magazine, a video game mag. For some reason, the topic of gay fighters in the UFC comes up. White may be trying to pander to the gay community with this insane statement:
"Any guy involved in grappling is the furthest thing from homophobic in the world. I honestly think it would have no impact at all whatsoever. Not only with our fighters or our fanbase. It wouldn't be a big deal to me and most of the guys I know in this sport, it wouldn't be a big deal for them either. The guys in the UFC, everybody is so cool. There's great sportsmanship and everybody has respect for each other."
Those are all nice words. But you never know until someone is actually outed or reveals that they're gay. If it were such a non-issue there would be tons of NFL, MLB and NBA players who would've come out over the years. Not one active player has ever come out during his career. Look at the firestorm John Amaechi created when he wrote his book and the reaction from a guy like Tim Hardaway.
In a rough, violent sport where you have to be a "man" to survive and there is so much contact, MMA may be the single toughest professional sport to live openly as a gay male.
As far as the fanbase. Is White serious? A following made up of mostly 18-to-34 year old males is not going to be most understanding. Check out comments on this very blog last week on our interviews with Matt Hughes and tell me if a gay fighter would be accepted with open arms?
I'm not trashing White for what he said. Frankly, politically correct responses like this are exactly what the non-MMA media were calling for when they compared White to heads of sport like David Stern, Roger Goodell and Bud Selig. But PC doesn't mean that's reality.
This vlog also features White using Twitter to give a lucky fan tickets on fight night. And at the end (8:50 mark), he meets with Playboy's Holly Madison. Madison was in the media room earlier that evening. She is a 10 in person. That said, her friend was a 17. Wow!
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