UFC Code Of Conduct? Caged Lions Need No Red Meat!

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What ever your feelings may be about Nate Diaz’s most recent tweet, where he referred to Caraway as either a british cigarette or the american euphemism for those certain members of the LGBT community, you must admit it is a bit of a breath of fresh air to see the UFC standing up for at least some of their rules.

According to the UFC’s news site they released this statement Friday evening:

“UFC lightweight Nate Diaz has received an immediate 90-day suspension and $20,000 fine for violating the UFC’s fighter code of conduct. The language used in his tweet was regrettable, offensive and inconsistent with the values and culture of the organization, and is not tolerated. 

The money will be donated to charity.”

Well that sounds great doesn’t it?  But are we going too far?  One word can cost someone this much?  Yet that very same word has been used many times in the past by other members of the UFC.  We don’t even need to go down the list of those who’ve engaged in similar smack talk.  So where do the standards begin and end?  Is this a new tone for the UFC in general or is it merely preferential treatment?

Was there a statement issued to all UFC fighters regarding proper handling of press conduits?  Perhaps a little PR training could be of value to them.

Look, let’s face it, these athletes get into the ring and beat each other senseless.  This sort of activity is going to elicit a number of emotions and words that, quite frankly, are just a result of sensory overload.  Perhaps all the aggression makes them more prone to this behavior.  Though would we have it any other way?  We can’t sterilize the world or protect everyone’s ears.

While SciFighting is absolutely, unquestionably devoted to diversity and inclusion for all in the combat sports realm, this incident just didn’t seem to indicate anything more than the usual smack talk fighters are often encouraged to use to pump up a fight.  The issue at hand was the specific word chosen.  Were the context different, perhaps then it could be argued that Nate was using a homophobic slur, but this is a rather gray area.

Seriously, the word “fag” is used in the UK as slang for “cigarette”.  Here in the states it has a derogatory connotation towards homosexual men.  Still, it’s just a word.  Yes Nick did tweet it, but should that one word result in suspension and a 20K fine?

Speaking of the fine…. if the UFC wants to represent the truest of intentions here they seriously should donate that money to HIV/AIDs research or perhaps some LGBT specific charity.  It is after all the likely party to take offense to the word.  It would be an honorable thing to do and show consistency with their intentions.

Further to that end, if they are to fine someone for the use of a word like that then honestly what should they do about Joe Rogan’s absolutely offensive commentary on his podcast regarding Fallon Fox?  LGBT includes Transexuals.  The community is one and the same, but perhaps the UFC feels there is a difference?  Or perhaps the code of conduct only applies to fighters?  If so, this policy should be re-evaluated.  The standards should apply equally up and down the public and private chain of the organization.

This is just ‘our’ opinion of course.  What do you think about this whole situation?

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Luca Rajabi
Luca has been passionate about martial arts and eastern philosophies since childhood. As an athlete, inventor and entrepreneur Luca founded SciFighting on the principal lessons learned from his life experience "fighting" to preserve his health and fitness. Although born with inherently poor and inconsistent health he pushed forward to learn as much as he could about the sciences of technology, medicine and mental health. Years of study, working with physicians and combined analysis finally began to bare fruit by his early twenties. Starting with Fencing, cross training and body building then moving to Boxing, Western Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Eskrima and an eclectic assortment of self defense techniques. Luca's core philosophy is that to win a battle every fighter must balance their mental and physical health. Luca has said that "With well developed technique, conditioning and mental focus a sound strategy will most often win over brute strength alone." It is in this spirit that he passionately advocates for the "Science of Fighting".
  • Corysix6

    While I agree with most of what you said Joe Rogan never used any offensive words and was speaking about the biology of a transgender woman fighting a woman. Secondly, he is not a fighter and i do not believe he is subject to the code of conduct as well as the UFC has nothing to do with his podcast.

    • Thanks for the feedback Corysix6. On Joe Rogan’s podcast… subject begins with referring to Fallon Fox as a “Tranny” which is honestly no better than the word “Fag” for a homosexual. Second he uses the word “F-ck” and “D-ck” multiple times in the following 3 sentences. Honestly if that’s not offensive then let’s call up the FCC and get that stuff cleared for radio. Let’s be real for a moment ok? Joe Rogan is no saint when it comes to smack talk and the way Nate used the word was in no way even alluding to the LGBT community. Joe Rogan was directly attacking a member of that community and as for him being affiliated with the UFC. The argument has been and is that the code of conduct applies to those who represent the UFC. It’s a PR matter more than it is a matter of contract legalities. What ever each individual’s contract states, there is no point in the UFC’s fining fighters for using this sort of language if the standards don’t apply to commentators and officials as well.

  • MC Master Pox

    I would personally love to know what the UFC says about this in their contracts with their fighters. I know that these men are on contracts, and there has to be some sort of section regarding this

  • Zombie Gorilla

    Dana has used the word numerous times on the record and he’s even responsible for the Loretta Hunt incident so him suspending a fighter over a word just seems disingenuous to me. Political correctness is out of control but if you censor one fighter, you have to censor them all and not let them forget about it after a half-hearted mea-culpa (looking at you, Forrest). All that being said, I don’t agree with Diaz’ language but agree 100% with his views. If Bryan Caraway was half a man, he’d at least split the money with Healy or even refuse the bonus altogether. After all, he didn’t actually win sub of the night… Healy did and a few puffs off of smoke don’t change that.