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UFC Releases Statement on Matt Brown’s Comments About Women’s MMA


“I just think this, if I’m [going] to pay $60 for a pay-per-view to watch women fight they should at least be topless,” UFC welterweight Matt Brown stated on his ‘Legit Man Sh*t’ podcast. These words were met with harsh criticism given the pertinence of women’s MMA recently as it breaks in to the mainstream market behind the WMMA phenom that is Ronda Rousey.

The negative comments were also harped upon on the WSOF 8 conference call as WSOF Vice President and match maker Ali Abdel-Aziz replied to these comments with the first two women on the WSOF roster on the card. “I think if Alida hit Matt Brown, she would knock out Matt Brown, too.”

Since Matt Brown made these comments, the outcry on social media has been immense even causing ‘Matt Brown’ to trend for a short while.

The UFC released a statement on Brown late Thursday night:

“Matt Brown has apologized for the comments made on his podcast, and we have addressed the matter with him. His comments don’t reflect the views of the UFC. There’s no place for discrimination within our organization at any level. The UFC is built on principles of respect, and any statements to the contrary are not acceptable.”
Brown was expected to fight Carlos Condit on the UFC on FOX 9 card until two herniated discs forced him out of the bout ultimately causing it’s removal from the card. Luckily for Brown, he avoided surgery and is on the rebound with a fight likely coming in mid-2014.
Brown’s comments we meant to be a joke but the sensitive nature of sexism especially at a time where women seek legitimization in what has long been a predominately male sport, comments like these hinder growth.
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