(above: Josh Thompson proving he’s totally not gay n stuff … or is he?)
Ah Frank Shamrock … you’re one of the biggest dicks in MMA and I love it. At the Strikeforce Playboy show, Frank was helping out with commentating duties and showed his deep knowledge of fighters by dropping the fact that Josh ‘Punk’ Thompson is “the first openly gay MMA fighter”.
The only thing better about Frank’s comments were the reactions to it. The internet was flooded with people saying “Hey, I don’t think Josh is gay”, “Yo, what the fuck, Josh isn’t gay” and “I’ve like seen Josh’s girlfriend and stuff so no way is he a fag.” Following that was everyone calling Frank Shamrock a big meanie and saying Josh Thompson would beat him up behind the swingset after school.
So Frank was slightly incorrect in his assessment of the Punk’s love for penis. But even if he was right about Josh, he wouldn’t be right about Josh being the first openly gay fighter either. We’ve already revealed that Rory Singer was the first openly gay male fighter. And oh, about 30% of the female fighters out there prefer chicks to dicks.
The thing about gay mixed martial arts is statistically there’s got to be a substantial number of homosexuals involved in grappling, wrestling, and combat fighting. There’s just no men out there at the moment who are willing to openly admit they’re gay. And I don’t blame them one bit.
Under the surface, MMA is a pretty anti-gay scene and that’s why so many people got upset over Frank’s joke. While I don’t doubt the average MMA fan or fighter is okay with the idea gay rights, I doubt they’d be as cool with the idea of a gay guy dragging them down and taking their back with jiu jitsu. Being outed as gay could mean getting tossed from your team, having a really hard time finding training partners, and lets not even get started about trying to get booked for fights. And hey, if you are booked, who knows if some homophobe drunks are gonna decide to gaybash you at the show?
So while Shamrock’s joke was obvious to anyone who’s familiar with Frank and ” target=”_blank”>Josh‘s rivalry, it was still something that pissed off a lot of people because of the possible implications for those who don’t know any better.