The combat sports world has certainly been getting an education in LGBT issues lately. We’ve just had our first lesbian UFC fighter, first transgendered MMA fighter, and first gay boxer in Orlando Cruz. Last weekend he fought his second fight since coming out and made some waves when he smacked his opponent on the ass:
That’s not the way a gay boxer is supposed to act: The first key moment happened during the second round and it is one of those things that people in gender study classes love to deconstruct in 300-page analytical books. For Cruz I assume it was simply an attempt to unnerve his opponent.
If you blink you might miss it but at the 6 second mark you’ll see that Cruz is standing behind his opponent when he swiftly reaches out and slaps his butt. The crowd went wild even if I doubt Martinez noticed it. The referee, in the meantime, walks over to Cruz and admonishes him for the gesture.
The moment packs power because this is not what boxing fans expect a gay man to do. To stand over his opponent and own him with a simple gesture.
The fight was attended by a sell out crowd in Florida and was apparently extremely pro-Cruz. I for one welcome our homosexual combat champions. It’s just another glass ceiling being shattered in an increasingly open and tolerant world … how can you not dig that? And on the straight up ass kicking level, it’s also worth noting that Cruz finished his opponent off in the sixth round: