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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was asked if he had advice for female fighters. The Dagestani took his time before giving his response.
Be a fighter inside your home.
The audience erupted into cheers. Khabib continued.
All the time, finish your husband. [more cheers] smash him really bad.
“Be a fighter inside your home. All the time, finish your husband.” – Khabib to a woman asking advice on starting a fighting career. pic.twitter.com/7BN3KB3SRb
— Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) December 6, 2018
This is far from the first time a male mixed martial arts champion has expressed regressive views regarding the role of women in the sport. George St. Pierre earned the ire of female mixed martial artists a few years ago by expressing his admittedly ‘traditional’ views about women and cage fighting. Khabib’s compatriot Fedor Emelianenko is also on record disapproving of female fighters in mixed martial arts (though, oddly enough, boxing or wrestling are fine).
This also isn’t Khabib’s first brush with controversy. He advised his countrymen in an Instagram post about the immorality of rap music, he has endorsed criminal Russian oligarchs, and of course he ignited a post-fight brawl with Conor McGregor’s teammates.
UFC PR evidently told MMA media to refrain from any questions about Greg Hardy’s past, and MMA media complied.
If you’re wondering why nobody asked about the Greg Hardy fight, reporters on site in Toronto were explicitly told beforehand by PR: “Only questions about the fights today.”
— Steven Marrocco (@MMAjunkieSteven) December 5, 2018
No one told the UFC to sign Greg Hardy, who according to evidence and sworn testimony has a record of domestic violence (his conviction was overturned on appeal and expunged after he settled with the victim), and certainly no one told them to book him on the same card as very recent domestic violence survivor Rachael Ostovich.
The UFC will look to move Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw to main event their January ESPN card in Brooklyn.
Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw for the UFC flyweight title is the new UFC Brooklyn main event on Jan. 19, per multiple sources. The fight has been moved from UFC 233 to the ESPN+ debut. No word just yet on what will headline 233 on Jan. 26. Work in progress. Story coming to @espn.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 6, 2018
John Lineker shouldn’t be able to beat Dominick Cruz, but his power and aggression means the fight will be Cruz dancing on a knife edge.
— UFC (@ufc) December 5, 2018
We make fun of Tito Ortiz a lot but this is me in front of a camera too:
This is one of the sample videos on Tito Ortiz’s Cameo page: pic.twitter.com/jNSVab1ck5
— Borrachinha Depot (@FullContactMTWF) December 5, 2018
Down she goes
perfectly placed knee to the body
KO from Diana Da Costa
She wins The Skaus Combat 65 kg GP pic.twitter.com/xTmtPRA7V8
— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) December 3, 2018
At least he tried…
This fight on Skaus
Flavio Magon x Sergio Junior pic.twitter.com/8exRVRRjtH
— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) December 2, 2018
This is why people don’t like PETA.
Words matter, and as our understanding of social justice evolves, our language evolves along with it. Here’s how to remove speciesism from your daily conversations. pic.twitter.com/o67EbBA7H4
— PETA: Bringing Home the Bagels Since 1980 (@peta) December 4, 2018
Speaking of animals, the Russians sent their cosmonauts into space with pistols: three-barreled pistols with a machete attachment. It makes sense once you realize that the pistols were for bear.