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Rashad Evans said some stuff about gay marriage


It’s been a pretty busy month for civil rights issues in MMA with the Fallon Fox saga as well as the UFC debuting their women’s division and inheriting their first openly-gay fighter in Liz Carmouche in the process – what a twofer!  And then this weekend Rashad Evans of all people took some time out to voice his support of marriage equality.  Bloody Elbow has it:

“I’ve never been a homophobe, never understood what that is all about. I knew some people who were gay and never cared about their sexuality. But at the same time, I didn’t fully understand the issues around gay people until my friend BA started telling me about his full public support for gay marriage. We talked about the issue and I decided it’s not enough to not be against a minority, if you want things to go better for them you have to speak up with them.

“I’m a UFC fighter, a macho-type sport. I am a heterosexual guy in a tough macho sport, which is exactly the reason I feel a duty to say I support gay marriage and gay rights.

“I have nothing to gain personally from supporting this issue, and that’s the point. Society as a whole is better when there is equality, and I want to live in a country where everyone has the same rights because we all benefit from that.”

He makes a pretty good point about the macho element in combat sports.  I grew up wrestling and there was certainly not even a detached irony to the phrase “checking for oil” whenever that move reared its ugly, brown head.  Fighters typically aren’t the kind to have a soft touch to anything and it’s neat to see an ex-champion just kind of politely sign on to the marriage equality issue.

Like any other sport, being a “UFC fighter” comes with a certain platform and there are always going to be interviewers wanting to talk politics.  Whether you want to be an Obamacare hating prick like Jacob Volkmann or a “pissing in the wind”-type blogger like Matt Hughes – the choices are yours and yours alone.

  • Fitdaws

    So let me get this straight, because you agree with Rashad he’s “neat”, but because you disagree with Volkmann he’s a “prick’? I know many people (yes fighters too} that disagree with Obamacare…are they all “pricks” also?

  • subo

    ^ Yes.

  • CAP

    Everyone’s a prick because we all hate Obamacare. “Christmas” is just awkward.

  • Reverend Clint

    gay marriage doesnt harm anybody except retards but Obamacare actually can help people in the long run. so yes Volkmann is a dumbass hillbilly prick who should get his spine shattered by one of his witchdoctor chiropractor friends

  • Blackula Jonez

    I will honestly be surprised if the gov will be able to pull off the affordable health care thing. Taking into account how well they do with spending money and proper allocation of public funding.

    And I also think the gov also should have no say in the affairs of consenting grown ass adults period.