If you’re tired of woke sports that try to make a political statement every time they step into the court, then it might be a good idea to switch sports. You might find the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) a refreshing alternate.
The Rise of Woke Sports
Dana White is the no-holds-barred president of the UFC. He already declared his zero-tolerance policy for woke culture, politics in sports, and newspapers questioning his decision to return to live events.
In an interview on Fox News’s “Hannity,” White told host Sean Hannity that he continually strives to keep his sport free of politics for the enjoyment of the fans and athletes alike.
Hannity noted that leagues like the NBA and NFL saw their ratings plummet as star athletes like LeBron James ushered a politically charged agenda in professional sports.
“You look at the ratings of the finals in the NBA: 5.6 million viewers is a disaster… you look at what happened in Georgia with [MLB] when they had far more accessible voting laws than the Joe Biden’s state of Delaware,” Hannity said. “If you look around the stadium, I don’t care what the sport is, I see people of all backgrounds, all races, all coming together because they love and have to share a passion for that sport, right?”
Dana White Says Fans Love Sports, Not Politics
White replied that most people who are regular fans of professional sports aren’t fans because of politics. “They don’t want to hear that.
They don’t want to hear what your opinions are or who you’re voting for what you’re doing, they want to get away from everything in their life and they want to focus on two, three, four hours however long the sport is when you turned it on,” he explained.
The UFC head insisted that “we never talked about COVID or politics.” At the same time, White insisted that athletes and staff are free to express themselves during press conferences and such, as is their right.
“We don’t muzzle anybody but we keep politics out of the sport. If you want to listen to that stuff, turn on any other station, you will hear all of that stuff you want to hear. When you tune into UFC, you are there to see fights.”
White Rips Media Who Questioned Holding Live Events
Also, White responded to his critics in the media. This includes the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which criticized him for holding in-person sporting events with a disclaimer.
The Review-Journal criticized a recent event held in Jacksonville, Florida last weekend. UFC events require attendees to sign waivers freeing UFC from suits from people who catch COVID-19 during the event. The event featured a disclaimer that COVID “may result in severe and permanent damage to the health of the [ticket] holder.”
For the Florida event, White thanked Jacksonville Mayor Leonard Curry and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. The officials worked with the UFC to create a safe environment for fight matchups despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
White described the Las Vegas Review-Journal as a “piece of sh–” and told the outlet to “go f—” themselves. He advised the outfit’s reporters not to attend an upcoming July fight featuring Irish martial artist Conor McGregor.
In fact, White said he takes coronavirus seriously. Before each event, he makes sure to keep his employees and athletes safe. In fact, he went out of his way to contact the Emirati Royal Family.
Together, they created “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi last year. This helped UFC hold their event in a neutral, sterile place.
Watch the City of Jacksonville, Florida video welcoming the UFC 261 to their city:
Do you watch the UFC? Do you find it a refreshing sport that’s free from the woke culture in contrast with other pro sports?
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