While in Canada for a UFC match, mixed martial artist Sean Strickland was asked by a Canadian reporter about his previous comments on LGBT issues, and he refused to approach the issue on the reporter’s terms.
Instead, Strickland criticized the reporter, and doubled down on his criticism of transgenderism being pushed on children in school, decried Canada’s far left president Justin Trudeau for his harsh COVID lockdowns, and criticized the reporter himself for being a weak man.
“Ten years ago to be trans was a mental f***ing illness,” said Strickland. “There are two genders. I don’t want my kids being taught about who they can f*** in school. I don’t want my kids being taught about their sexual preference.”
Strickland sat for the interview while wearing a shirt that read, “A woman in every kitchen. A gun in every hand.”
Strickland has received significant praise from various conservative commentators for his method of dealing with hostile left-wing media.
Following Strickland’s inflammatory response to the reporter’s question, and his refusal to answer on the reporter’s terms, another Canadian reporter spoke to UFC President Dana White.
“You obviously give a long leash to your fighters about what they can say when they are up there with a UFC microphone, and you are getting into territory of homophobia, transphobia,” said the reporter.
Rather than back down, and apologize for Strickland’s comments, or promise to prevent UFC fighters from speaking anything which could be construed as “transphobia,” White interrupted the reporter.
White was appalled at the idea that he gave any of the UFC fighters a “leash” in regard to their freedom of speech, or any other matter.
“I don’t f***ing tell any other human being what to say, what to think, and theirs no leashes, on any of the,” said White.
The reporter sheepishly said that he would move on to a different question.
“it’s ridiculous to say I give somebody a leash. Free speech, brother. People can say whatever they want, and people can believe whatever they want,” said White.
Strickland is not the only UFC fighter who has voiced “contraversial” opinions.
A 2022 article by SportSkeeda highlighted five UFC fighters who had expressed “controversial” — not left-wing — positions.
That list included Brazilian fighter Paulo Costa, who opposed vaccine mandates, and Rose Namajunas, who spoke out against communism.